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Famous Black Mathematicians – David Blackwell

February 4, 2009

Last year in February, I posted some links to famous black mathematicians to highlight their significant contributions to the history of mathematics.  This year, I’ll try to highlight some specific individuals.  This series starts with David Blackwell, born in 1919 in Illinois.

I devoted a lot of time to Operations Research in the 1990’s.  Blackwell’s name really shoots to the top of my memory as he won the von Neumann Theory Prize in 1979 for his work in Markov decision processes. He is also author of the book, ‘Theory of Games and Statistical Decisions’

You can read more about Dr. Blackwell here.

  1. JACQUELINE THOMAS
    February 11, 2009 at 11:45 am

    A PICTURE OF THIS PERSON

  2. February 11, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    The link provided has an older photo along with a link to this site, http://stat-www.berkeley.edu/users/davidbl/ .

    regards,

    – jim

  3. February 12, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    what happened to the atrical of david blackwell and benjamin banneker

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