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us: Blackwell, David, 1919-2010


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      Blackwell, David Harold, 1919-
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    • found: His Some properties of Markoff chains ... 1941.
    • found: Statistics, probability and game theory, c1996: t.p. (David Blackwell) p. v (b. Apr. 24, 1919 in Centralia, Ill.; Statistics Dept., Univ. of Calif. at Berkeley)
    • found: National Visionary Leadership Project www site, viewed on July 15, 2010 (David Harold Blackwell; theoretical statistician and mathematician, first African-American member of the National Academy of Sciences)
    • found: New York times WWW site, July 19, 2010 (in obituary published July 16: David Blackwell; b. David Harold Blackwell, Apr. 24, 1919, Centralia, Ill.; d. July 8, Berkeley, Calif., aged 91; statistician and mathematician who wrote groundbreaking papers on probability and game theory and was the first black scholar to be admitted to the National Academy of Sciences)
    • found: LC database, July 19, 2010 (hdg.: Blackwell, David Harold, 1919- )
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed April 24, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Blackwell, David; David Harold Blackwell; mathematician, educator; born 24 April 1919 in Centralia, Illinois, United States; earned an AB degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1938) and went on to receive an AM (1939) and a PhD (1941); only the seventh African American to receive a PhD in Mathematics; was accepted a Rosenwald Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; joined the faculty of Howard University as an assistant professor (1944); professor and chairman of the Mathematics Department at Howard University; worked at the Rand Corporation; was a visiting professor of statistics at Stanford University; he and Abe Girshick jointly wrote Theory of Games and Statistical Decisions; was chair of the Berkeley Statistics Department (1957-1961); was elected president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and later served as president for the International Association for Statistics in Physical Sciences and the Bernoulli Society, and vice president of the International Statistical Institute, the American Statistical Association, and the American Mathematical Society; became the first African American named to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) (1965); received the prestigious von Neumann Theory Prize from the Operations Research Society of America; received the R.A. Fisher Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (1986); was awarded honorary degrees from Howard, Harvard, Yale, the University of Illinois, Carnegie-Mellon; died 08 July 2010 in Berkeley, California, United States)
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