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Dr. David Blackwell
Transcript of Dr. David Blackwell
National Academy of Sciences, 1965
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1968
Honorary Fellow, Royal Statistical Society, 1976
Vice President, American Statistical Association, 1978
John von Neumann Theory Prize, 1979
R. A. Fisher Lectureship, 1986
The Berkeley Citation, 1988 DOB: April 24, 1919 Presented By: Ashley Rose Dr. David Harold Blackwell Place: Central Illinois Date of Death: July 8, 2010 in Berleley , California When he died he was 91 years old . Went to school at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign David Blackwell's parents were Grover Blackwell and Mabel Johnson and David was the oldest of their four children. Grover Blackwell worked for the Illinois Central Railroad and his job consisted of looking after the locomotives while Mabel looked after the family bringing up David, his two brothers and one sister. Blackwell continued to study at the University of Illinois for his Master's degree which was awarded in 1939 and then for his doctorate supervised by Joseph Doob. This was awarded in 1941, when Blackwell was still only 22 years old, for a thesis on Markov chains. After three years, he graduated and continued at the university to obtain his master’s and doctorate degrees. Blackwell was given a one-year appointment as a Rosenwald Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in 1941. His first teaching job was at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. The following school year, Blackwell accepted a position at Clark College in Atlanta He joined the mathematics department at Howard University. He was promoted to full professor in 1947 and served as the head of the department until 1954. in 1954, Blackwell accepted a professorship at the University of California at Berkeley. By 1956, he was appointed chairman of the statistics department. He continued teaching and publishing a substantial amount of research until his retirement as professor emeritus in 1989. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the R.A. Fisher Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies. He also holds honorary degrees from 12 universities, among them Carnegie-Mellon, Yale, Howard and Harvard. David Blackwell has contributed to several areas in mathematics: dynamic programming, game theory, measure theory, probability theory, set theory, and mathematical statistics Honors and Awards SITE PAGES www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/PEEPS/blackwell_david2.htmlC www.visionaryproject.org/blackwelldavid/ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Blackwell The End He married Ann Madison they had one son Hugo Blackwell who was the one who pronounce him dead