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NAG has had a busy year as well; we've managed to produce significant new releases of our four main numerical software products, the C and Fortran Libraries, the Library for SMP & Multicore and the Toolbox for MATLAB®. If you study the history of the Library you start to understand how truly amazing it is. So is the Library NAG’s legacy? Well, funnily enough, our legacy is right there in each of the new releases. That’s why the NAG Library is amazing. It’s an ever changing, ever improving set of codes that have been developed by people that work here or contributed by well-known and maybe not so quite well-known numerical analysts, statisticians and computer scientists from all around the world.
Back in the day – 1970 to be precise – Brian Ford, NAG’s Founding Director, was inspired with a vision of a collective inter-university numerical library and set about creating the first NAG Library. Mentored by the legendary Jim Wilkinson, Brian established NAG as an organisation that was, and still is not-for-profit. Brian said of Jim,
“he gave us his invaluable numerical linear algebra software, and his contacts".Brian's key ideals were voluntary collaboration and quality in every phase of the activity. Over the years mathematical and statistical routines have been contributed by some highly regarded people: