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The Port of Los Angeles, whose port identifier code is "LAX"
Lax, Switzerland, a municipality of the canton of Valais
Lax Lake (disambiguation)
La Crosse, Wisconsin, a city on the Mississippi River
LAX (album), the third studio album from rapper The Game
LAX (TV series), a 200405 television series set in Los Angeles International Airport
"LA X", the two-part sixth season 2010 premiere of the television show Lost
LAX, a night club at Luxor Las Vegas
"L.A. International Airport", as song by Susan Gaye
"LAX", a song by the rapper Xzibit from Weapons of Mass Destruction
"LAX", a song by Snoop Dogg featuring Ice Cube from Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
"LAX", a song by Big D and the Kids Table on their album How It Goes
"LAX", a song by Jake Owen from American Love
"LAX", a song by Hawk Nelson from Crazy Love
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Laxative, a concoction that loosens the bowels
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Benjamin Lax (19152015), an American physicist
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Peter Lax (1926-), a Hungarian-American mathematician
Lax pair, a type of differential equation a pair of matrices that solve a differential equation, named after Peter Lax
A lax vowel, one that lacks the quality of tenseness
Lax was born in Budapest, Hungary to a Jewish family. His parents Klara Kornfield and Henry Lax were both physicians, and his uncle, Albert Kornfeld (also known as Albert Korodi), was a mathematician and a friend of Le Szilrd. Lax began displaying an interest in mathematics at age twelve, and soon his parents hired Rzsa Pter as a tutor for him.
The family left Hungary on November 15, 1941, and traveled via Lisbon to the United States. As a high school student at Stuyvesant High School, Lax took no math classes, but competed on the school math team; in this time, he met with John von Neumann, Richard Courant, and Paul Erds, who introduced him to Albert Einstein. As he was still 17 when he finished high school, he could avoid military service, and was able to study for three semesters at New York University. In a complex analysis class that he had begun in the role of a student, but ended up taking over as instructor, he met his future wife, Anneli Cahn (married to her first husband at that time).
Before being able to complete his studies, Lax was drafted into the U.S. Army. After basic training, the Army sent him to Texas A&M University for more studies, then Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and soon afterwards to the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico. At Los Alamos, he began working as a calculator operator, but eventually moved on to higher-level mathematics. After the war ended, he remained with the Army at Los Alamos for another year, while taking courses at the University of New Mexico, then studied at Stanford University for a semester with Gbor Szeg and George Plya.
Lax returned to NYU for the 1946-1947 academic year, and by pooling credits from the four universities at which he had studied, he graduated that year. He stayed at NYU for his graduate studies, marrying Anneli in 1948 and earning a Ph.D. in 1949 under the supervision of Kurt O. Friedrichs.