In Memoriam: Dr. Abraham H. Savitzky

Abraham Savitzky was Steve's father; he passed away on Friday, February 5th at about 2:00pm after losing a year-long battle against pancreatic cancer and congestive heart failure. He was 79 years old.

Dr. Savitzky was a chemist, specializing most recently in the digital processing of infrared spectra. His many publications include seven patents and the most-frequently-cited article in the field of chemistry (describing the Savitzky-Golay algorithm for what is now called digital filtering).

He is survived by his wife Evelyn, sons Stephen <> and Alan, and four grandchildren.

The Collections

The e-mail record

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The Usenet record

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Writings and References

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Memorable Quotes

This search finds all references to Savitzky; Dad has most of them.

savitzky AND (abraham OR golay) is much more specific.

Contributions wanted:

We are (OK, I am) soliciting contributions to this memorial web site. It is possible to e-mail attachments (in non-proprietary formats) to me, but it's faster and more reliable to send them by ftp and just e-mail me a description. Instructions can be found one level up in this file.

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Stephen R. Savitzky <>