Nelson L. Max

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • University of California, Davis

Other Affiliation(s):

  • Lawrence Livermore National Library
  • Case Western Reserve University


  • Nelson Max received a PhD in mathematics from Harvard University in 1967, and has taught mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Georgia, Carnegie Mellon University, and Case Western University. For 30 years he worked in the Computer Graphics group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and at the same time taught in the Applied Science and Computer Science departments at the University of California, Davis, where he is now an emeritus Distinguished Professor. His research is in scientific visualization, computer animation, realistic computer graphics rendering, multi-view stereo reconstruction, and augmented reality. In visualization, he works on mathematics visualization, molecular graphics, and volume and flow visualization, particularly on irregular finite element meshes. He has rendered realistic lighting effects in clouds, trees, and water waves, and has produced numerous computer animations, shown at the annual ACM SIGGRAPH conferences, and in OMNIMAX Stereo at the Fujitsu Pavilions at Expo ’85 in Tsukuba Japan, and Expo ’90 in Osaka Japan.

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