Edward W Ng (Born 1939), Chinese name 伍煒國 was an American Applied mathematician who had also held the positions of senior scientist, senior engineer and technical manager in the U.S. Space Program. He is noted for his broad variety of mathematical applications in space science and engineering. He has also contributed conscientiously in the spin-off of technology from the space program, with applications in such diverse subjects as Bose–Einstein distribution in mathematical physics, symbolic and algebraic computation, computational physics and biomedical research.
Ng attended the Queen Elizabeth School, Hong Kong for secondary education, and the University of Minnesota for his bachelor's degree. He received his M.A. and PhD degrees from Columbia University. He was employed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of the California Institute of Technology, aka Caltech under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He retired in 2006.
Dr. Edward Ng was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is cited in the American Men and Women of Science. He was the editor of "Symbolic and Algebraic Computation" (ISBN 3-540-09519-5), in the Springer Science Lecture Notes Series. He was also a co-editor of the Proceedings of a NATO Advanced Study Institute in applied mathematics (ISBN 978-90-277-1571-5). He has published numerous technical papers of diverse mathematical applications in space sciences and engineering (selected list in external link below). His papers have appeared in Astrophysical Journal, Mathematics of Computation, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, Journal of Computational Physics, M.I.T. Journal of Mathematics and Physics, ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software and Proceedings of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
- "In science, one man's noise is another man's signal." cited in New York Times (1990). The context was in space science data and the reference was to the scientific-engineering concept of Signal-to-noise ratio.
- Why Do We Explore Space? an educational paper in Space 2006,
- Nobel Connection to the Space Program, a paper in Space 2007, published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
- High-precision approximations of Bose–Einstein Functions in the Mathematics of Computation published by the American Mathematical Society.
- IS for Space Astrophysics (ref: NASA report in External Link E2)
Ng has received a number of NASA Awards (cf attached citations), including the special NASA Certificate of Apollo-Columbia Commemoration of the Space Transportation System–65 Flight in 1994. He also was the recipient of the American Astronomical Society Team Appreciation Award on the Deep Space Network.
- cf. Home page, AMWS, 25th ed. Vol.5, P.766 (2008)
- Lecture Notes in Computer Science #72
- NATO Science Series II: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
- An International Journal in Space Dynamics
- renamed as "Studies in Applied Mathematics"
- Blakeslee, Sandra (1990-03-20). "Lost on Earth: Wealth of Data Found in Space - New York Times". The New York Times. query.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
- doc entry at NASA Astrophysics Data System
- published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- NASA Document ID: 20080045909 Archived 2012-11-24 at the Wayback Machine
- Space 2007 ISBN 1-56347-888-9
- Mathematics of Computation, Vol. 23, #107, view excerpts
- (cf 6-page citations)
- Ref: mathematics for Deep Space Network
- cf. list, for 1962 graduates