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Blackwell, David Harold

Born: 1919 AD
Currently alive, at 96 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Mathematicians

1919 – Born on the 24th of April in Centralia, Illinois, the seventh African American to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematics, and is one of the eponyms of the Rao-Blackwell theorem.

1938 – Graduated at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

1939 – Awarded his M.A. at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

1941 – At the age of 22, he finished his Ph.D. in Statistics at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

1944 – Dr. Blackwell joined the faculty of Howard University as an instructor.

1947 – Blackwell had risen to the rank of Full Professor and Chairman.

1950-1951 – Visiting Professor of Statistics at Stanford University.

1954 – He gave an invited address in probability at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Amsterdam.

         – Appointed Professor of Statistics at the University of California at Berkeley, and was chairman of the Statistics Department.

1955 – Became the President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

         – Selected as Vice President of the American Statistical Association.

         – He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

1956 – He was appointed chair of the Department of Statistics.

1965 – Became the first African American named to the National Academy of Sciences.

1979 – Blackwell won the von Neumann Theory Prize.

         – Dr. Blackwell lives in Berkeley, California, where he remains active in mathematical research.