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Goertzel was named after who?

Started by Unknown January 13, 2006
For some reason I am really wondering who the Goertzel algorithm was
named after.  Does anyone have an idea?

<usenet@speakopen.org> wrote in message 
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> For some reason I am really wondering who the Goertzel > algorithm was > named after. Does anyone have an idea? >
I'll tell you right after you tell me who is buried in Grant's tomb!
John E. Hadstate wrote:
> <usenet@speakopen.org> wrote in message > news:1137199146.257087.246780@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com... > >>For some reason I am really wondering who the Goertzel >>algorithm was >>named after. Does anyone have an idea? >> > > > I'll tell you right after you tell me who is buried in > Grant's tomb!
I had a smarty-pants answer ready to send, but I canned it when I realized that I didn't know Goertzie's first name. Google gave me a couple of candidates, but a definitive reference to a paper by him one the subject eluded me. I decided the question wasn't so dumb after all. My smarty-pants response? Mr. Goertzel. (But I'm not even be certain it isn't Mrs. Goertzel.) Jerry -- Engineering is the art of making what you want from things you can get. &#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;&#2013266095;
usenet@speakopen.org wrote:

> For some reason I am really wondering who the Goertzel algorithm was > named after. Does anyone have an idea? >
From "Digital Signal Processing", Oppenheim and Schafer, 1975: G. Goertzel, "An Algorithm for the Evaluation of Finite Trigonometric Series," American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 65, Jan. 1958, pp. 34-35. -- Tim Wescott Wescott Design Services http://www.wescottdesign.com
Hello Jerry,


> I had a smarty-pants answer ready to send, but I canned it when I > realized that I didn't know Goertzie's first name. ...
It's G.Goertzel. There was a Gerald Goertzel at IBM but his publications were more recent (80's) and he may not be the same guy who published the algorithm in 1958. I wonder if there is a "Who's Who" of mathematicians. Regards, Joerg http://www.analogconsultants.com
Joerg <notthisjoergsch@removethispacbell.net> writes:

> I wonder if there is a "Who's Who" of mathematicians.
http://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/html/search.phtml is the closest I know about. Ciao, Peter K. -- "And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended And at night the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars."
Hello Tim,

>> > From "Digital Signal Processing", Oppenheim and Schafer, 1975: > > G. Goertzel, "An Algorithm for the Evaluation of Finite Trigonometric > Series," American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 65, Jan. 1958, pp. 34-35. >
But now we still don't know who he is or was. The genealogy database that Peter mentioned only has Ben Goertzel in there. Google-Scholar stated that the article can only be accessed via some fee based engine. And in the 50's many articles didn't have those short author biographies that are common today. Regards, Joerg http://www.analogconsultants.com
Joerg wrote:
> Hello Tim, > >>> >> From "Digital Signal Processing", Oppenheim and Schafer, 1975: >> >> G. Goertzel, "An Algorithm for the Evaluation of Finite Trigonometric >> Series," American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 65, Jan. 1958, pp. 34-35. >> > > But now we still don't know who he is or was. The genealogy database > that Peter mentioned only has Ben Goertzel in there. > > Google-Scholar stated that the article can only be accessed via some fee > based engine. And in the 50's many articles didn't have those short > author biographies that are common today. > > Regards, Joerg > > http://www.analogconsultants.com
I remember searching for the Goertzel of filter/transform fame when things like Google first made searching easy. I failed to find the real guy (or lady), but I found quite a few Goertzel's who had done something interesting in science or engineering. It doesn't seem like a common name, so I guess the brethren are very prolific. :-) Steve
usenet@speakopen.org wrote:
> For some reason I am really wondering who the Goertzel algorithm was > named after. Does anyone have an idea? >
Here's a good guess: Dr. Gerald Goertzel GOERTZEL, DR. GERALD - Beloved husband of the late Martha Bendheim Goertzel for 55 years, died at the age of 82, July 17, 2002 in his home in White Plains. Dr. Goertzel retired in 1992 from a distinguished career as a computer scientist, nuclear engineer, and physicist, including work on the Manhattan Project, for the Nuclear Development Corporation of America, for Sage Instruments ( a company he started to develop scientific instruments for medical research), and for 28 years in IBM's research division where he worked in the area of design automation, data compression, and digital printing technology. Developer of the Goertzel algorithm and holder of numerous patents, he received his BS and MS from the Stevens Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from New York University. Jerry is survived by his loving brother and sister, Herbert Goertzel and Bernice (Susie) Goertzel Arnold; his three daughters, Fran C. Gustavson, Susan G. Sandman and Marion G. Stern; five grandchildren, Alison, Lisa, Jennifer, Mark, and David; three nieces and nephews, Ken, Doug, Karen, their spouses and many others. Family and friends will be gathering Saturday, July 20, 2002 from 1 to 4 in the afternoon, at Fran Gustavson's home. BALLARD-DURAND FUNERAL HOME 2 Maple Avenue, White Plains (914)949-0566
"Peter K." <p.kootsookos@remove.ieee.org> wrote in message 
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> Joerg <notthisjoergsch@removethispacbell.net> writes: > >> I wonder if there is a "Who's Who" of mathematicians. > > http://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/html/search.phtml > > is the closest I know about. > > Ciao, > > Peter K. >
Also, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Mathematicians Cheers, Syms