Gary Wise, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, died Nov. 5, 2016, at age 71.
A math wiz who taught himself calculus, Wise attended MIT and later earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1971 from Rice University. In 1974, he earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton. Earlier, he began working for NASA in 1969, and earned a letter of commendation from President Richard Nixon for helping create the landing module for that year’s first manned mission to the moon.
In the years that followed, Wise taught electrical and computer engineering and mathematics as a professor at University of California, Berkeley; Texas Tech; and for many years, at the University of Texas at Austin.
He co-authored the book, Counterexamples in Probability and Real Analysis. Wise also created valuable theorems helpful to all branches of the military. He also wrote more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals; one of which he co-authored with Vincent Poor *77, former dean of engineering and applied science at Princeton. This innovative paper is still referenced.
Wise is survived by Stella, his wife; daughter Tanna; and many appreciative students he mentored.
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