Myron B Fiering (1934–1992)



If one had to choose a single trait to describe Myron B Fiering, that of teacher would readily come to mind. He was a Harvard professor, and, in essence, he was a teacher in his private life as all who came to know him can attest. He was born to teach.

As a student, Fiering attended the seminars of the Harvard Water Resources Program while pursuing his doctoral studies under the guidance of Harold A. Thomas. His career took root in that program. The professors became his academic colleagues and the participants, drawn largely from the federal water agencies, came to be counted among his professional associates. He received his Ph.D. in the spring of 1960. After spending the 1960 academic year as an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, he returned to his alma mater and began his long and distinguished career at Harvard. In 1969 he was appointed Gordon Mackay Professor of Applied Mathematics.