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Mourad Ismail

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Nationality  Canada Egypt
Fields  Mathematics
Name  Mourad Ismail

Mourad Ismail

Born  April 27, 1944 (age 71) Cairo, Egypt (1944-04-27)
Institutions  Cairo University McMaster University Arizona State University University of South Florida University of Central Florida King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, part time
Doctoral students  Edward Bank Jairo Charris Li-chen Chen Daniel Galiffa Jemal Gishe Jifeng Ma Richard Ruedemann Ruiming Zhang
Known for  Rogers-Askey-Ismail polynomials Askey-Ismail polynomials Al-Salam-Ismail polynomials Chihara-Ismail polynomials
Books  Classical and Quantum Orthogonal Polynomials in One Variable
Alma mater  Cairo University, University of Alberta
People also search for  Richard Askey, Frank Garvan, Waleed A. Al-Salam
Institution  Arizona State University, University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, King Saud University, Riyadh

Academic advisor  Waleed A. Al-Salam
Doctoral advisor  Waleed A. Al-Salam

Mourad E. H. Ismail (born April 27, 1944, in Cairo, Egypt) is a mathematician working on orthogonal polynomials.

Ismail received his bachelor’s degree from Cairo University. He holds a Masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Alberta. He worked at and visited several universities. Currently he holds a research professorship at the University of Central Florida and a Distinguished Scientist Fellowship at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.

Ismail is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and the Institute of Physics. He is among the ISI highly cited scientists. He served on the editorial boards of several journals including Constructive Approximation, Journal of Approximation Theory, Journal of Physics A, and The Ramanujan Journal. He published over 251 research articles, one book and edited several books.

Most of Ismail's work is joint with other mathematicians and physicists and some of his papers are interdisciplinary. Mourad Ismail works in the area of special functions, orthogonal polynomials and their applications. His research also touches upon approximation theory and continued fractions. He worked on infinite divisibility problems in probability which led to questions about monotonicity properties of special functions. He also worked on monotonicity and inequalities for zeros of orthogonal polynomials. He made several contributions to the asymptotic theory of orthogonal polynomials. He also studied moment problems and found the orthogonality measure for several orthogonal polynomials. This includes the q-ultraspherical polynomials (also known as the Askey-Ismail or Rogers-Askey-Ismail polynomials), the random walk polynomials (also known as the Askey-Ismail polynomials), the Al-Salam-Ismail polynomials, and the Chihara-Ismail polynomials. Ismail also worked on q-series and Rogers-Ramanujan identities. Ismail is also interested in the combinatorial theory of orthogonal polynomials and their linearization coefficients.


  • Ismail, Mourad E. H. (2005), Classical and Quantum Orthogonal Polynomials in One Variable, ISBN 978-0-521-78201-2 
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    Mourad Ismail Wikipedia