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African American Faculty and Senior Staff Oral History Project

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David Blackwell Transcript

Conducted by Nadine Wilmot in 2002-2003, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2003.

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David Blackwell was born in 1919 in Centralia, Illinois. He went on to become a great mathematical thinker and made fundamental contributions to the areas of probability theory, mathematical statistics, set theory and logic, and of course, game theory, to name a few. When Professor Blackwell came to UC Berkeley in 1954 after a decade at Howard University in Washington D.C., he became, we think, the first African American ladder rank faculty person system-wide.

Related Links: 
Buffalo Math Department 
The Mathematical Association
National Visionary Leadership Project 
New York Times Obituary

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