Simeon Ola Fatunla


First Name: Simeon
Last Name: Ola Fatunla


Degree: Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 1975
Major: Mathematics

Degree: B.S.
Graduation Year: 1965
Major: Mathematics


Dr. S.O. Fatunla led the Benin school of mathematical research in Nigeria. Department of Mathematics, University of Benin; Benin City, NIGERIA.

Fatunla was a natural teacher and was driven by his motivation to bring STEM education to his country.  After receiving his degrees, Fatunla spent time teaching in his home-town before becoming a lecturer at the University of Ile-Ife.

Dr. Fatunla developed many international contacts and oftentimes traveled as an honorary lecturer or researcher to universities in Illinois, Dublin and British Columbia.  He officially became the head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Benin in 1984.  He won the Distinguished Leadership Award of the American Biographical Institute in 1993 which spurred him to launch his campaign to develop scientific education in other developing countries (including India and Iran).  


Dr. Simon Fatunla died on the spot as a result of a head-on collision of his vehicle with another vehicle at a point on the Auchi-Okene Road on Friday 19 May 1995. His driver also died on the spot.

Dr. Fatunla's research interests were primarily in numerical methods for stiff and oscillatory differential equations. Numerical methods for initial value problems in ordinary differential equations. This book provides an excellent discussion of the theoretical aspects of numerical methods for initial value problems in ordinary
differential equations. An interesting technique used by the author throughout the book is to summarize the important points of algorithms, model problems, classifications, performance factors, and other properties by providing itemized listings. Another nice feature is the thorough comparison and discussion of the properties, advantages, and disadvantages of the current robust codes used for each type of problem. Much of this
information is included in tables and charts and is supplemented with numerous references to the original work.


For Professor Simeon Ola Fatunla, the Mathematical Reviews lists 15 publications:


Fatunla, Simeon Ola Numerical methods for initial value problems in ordinary differential equations. Computer Science and Scientific Computing. Academic Press, Inc., Boston, MA, 1988. xii+295 pp. ISBN 0-12-249930-1

Edited by Fatunla, Simeon OlaComputational mathematics. II. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Numerical Analysis and its Applications held in Benin City, January 27--31, 1986. Edited by Simeon Ola Fatunla. Boole Press Conference Series, 11. Boole Press, Dún Laoghaire, 1987. xviii+221 pp. ISBN: 0-906783-69-0; 0-906783-70-4 65-06 (00A11)

Edited by Simeon Ola Fatunla. Computational mathematics. I. Proceedings of the first international conference on numerical analysis and its applications held in Benin City, November 2--4, 1983. Boole Press Conference Series, 8. Boole Press, Dún Laoghaire, 1985. x+141 pp. ISBN: 0-906783-48-8, 0-906783-48-6 65-06



12. Fatunla, Simeon Ola Recent advances in stiff ODE solvers . Computational mathematics, II (Benin City, 1986), 21--32, Boole Press Conf. Ser., 11, Boole, Dún Laoghaire, 1987.

11. Fatunla, S. O. Numerical treatment of singular initial value problems. Comput. Math. Appl. Part B 12 (1986), no. 5-6, 1109--1115.

10. Fatunla, Simeon Ola $P$-stable methods for second order initial value problems. Computational mathematics, I (Benin City, 1983), 25--31, Boole Press Conf. Ser., 8, Boole, Dún Laoghaire, 1985. 65L05

9. Fatunla, Simeon Ola One-leg hybrid formulas for second-order differential equations. Comput. Math. Appl. 11 (1985), no. 4, 329--333. 65L05 (34A50)

8. Fatunla, Simeon Ola Numerical treatment of special initial value problems . Computational and asymptotic methods for boundary and interior layers (Dublin, 1982), 28--45, Boole Press Conf. Ser., 4, Boole, Dún Laoghaire, 1982. 65L05

7. Fatunla, Simeon O. One leg multistep method for second order differential equation . Comput. Math. Appl. 10 (1984), no. 1, 1--4.

6. Fatunla, Simeon Ola Nonlinear multistep methods for initial value problems . Comput. Math. Appl. 8 (1982), no. 3, 231--239.

5. Fatunla, Simeon Ola Numerical integrators for stiff and highly oscillatory differential equations . Math. Comp. 34 (1980), no. 150, 373--390.

4. Fatunla, Simeon O. A variable order one-step scheme for numerical solution of ordinary differential equations . Comput. Math. Appl. 4 (1978), no. 1, 33--41.

3. Fatunla, Simeon Ola. An implicit two-point numerical integration formula for linear and nonlinear stiff systems of ordinary differential equations . Math. Comp. 32 (1978), no. 141, 1--11.

2. Evans, D. J.; Fatunla, S. O. A linear multistep numerical integration scheme for solving systems of ordinary differential equations with oscillatory solutions . J. Comput. Appl. Math. 3 (1977), no. 4, 235--241.

1. Evans, D. J.; Fatunla, S. O. Accurate numerical determination of the intersection point of the solution of a differential equation with a given algebraic relation . J. Inst. Math. Appl.16 (1975), no. 3, 355--359.



Year Born: 1943
Year Deceased: 1994