David Beazley is most widely known as the author of the Python Essential Reference and creator of SWIG, a compiler used for integrating Python with C and C++ programs. Prior to discovering Python in 1996, Dave spent much of his time working at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was the primary software developer for the SPaSM project, a large-scale molecular dynamics simulation package developed for use on massively parallel supercomputers such as the Connection Machine 5 and Cray T3D. This was also the project that directly led to the creation of Swig and the first version of Python parallelized to run on top of the MPI message library. From 1998-2005, Dave was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He taught courses in operating systems, networks, and compilers. Currently, Dave spends most of his time writing Python, teaching Python classes, and thinking about diabolical aspects of Python systems programming and concurrency.
Travis, President of Enthought, Inc., has worked extensively with Python for numerical and scientific programming since 1997. He was the primary developer of the NumPy package and the author of the definitive Guide to NumPy. He was an early contributor to the documentation for the Numeric package and in 1999 released Multipack for Python. In 2001, he folded Multipack into SciPy as one of the original co-authors of that package. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University in Math and Electrical Engineering, and he received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Mayo Clinic in 2001. From December 2000 to August 2007 he worked as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Brigham Young University where he also directed the Biomedical Imaging Lab and taught courses in inverse problems, signal processing, probability theory, and electromagnetics.