Oscar Buneman, a personal remembrance



Oscar Buneman, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford University and significant contributor to the fields of numerical analysis, plasma electrodynamics, and fundamental electromagnetic theory, died in his sleep on January 24, 1993. Numerous tributes to his memory have been published; however, I would like to concentrate on my own marvelous experiences with him.

I knew Oscar Buneman through his interesting lectures at the International School for Space Simulation (ISSS) II, held in Kauai, Hawaii, in 1985. Later during ISSS III, held in France in 1987, Oscar was my instructor for the practical courses. I enjoyed his experienced guidance on the 1-D electrostatic code and developed a close relationship with him. After this course, I presented a poster on a 3-D magnetostatic simulation of whistler waves driven by an electron beam a a symposium in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France. A friend told me that Oscar Buneman had attended my poster session and had said that he had also done a similar model. After the 1987 Fall AGU Meeting in San Francisco, I met Oscar Buneman at Stanford University. He was interested in my 3-D magnetostatic simulation of Whistler waves.