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Blackwell joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1954 and was the first tenured black professor in campus history He later chaired the Department of Statistics, one of the world's top centers for mathematical statistics, and served as president in 1955 of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, an international professional and scholarly society A mathematician as well as a statistician, Blackwell contributed to many fields, including probability theory, game theory and information theory In an interview for the book "Mathematical People: Profiles and Interviews" (1985), he referred to himself as "sort of a dilettante," and said that he chose problems because he was interested in understanding them, no matter what the field of mathematics or statistics Blackwell was known for his independent invention of dynamic programming, which is used today in finance and in various areas of science, including genome analysis He also is known for the renewal theorem, used today in areas of engineering, and for independently developing the Rao-Blackwell Theorem, a fundamental concept in modern statistics Blackwell was born in Centralia, a small town in southern Illinois, on April 24, 1919, as the oldest child of Grover Blackwell, a railway worker, and Mabel Blackwell, who raised the family's four children Expecting to become an elementary school teacher, David Blackwell entered the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1935 at the age of 16, at a time when there were no black professors After graduating with a BA.

in mathematics in 1938, he set his sights higher and continued at the University of Illinois to earn his MA in math in 1939 and eventually his PhD in math in 1941, at the age of 22 After graduating, Blackwell was appointed to a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, one of the top research institutes in the nation that included Albert Einstein and John von Neumann among its fellows He subsequently applied to 104 black colleges, assuming, he once said, that the doors were closed to blacks at non-black institutions After a one-year stint as a statistician in the U.

S Office of Price Administration, originally set up to control prices and rents during World War II, he took an instructorship at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La, and at Clark College in Atlanta, Ga, before joining the faculty of Howard University in 1944 By 1947, he had become a full professor and head of the mathematics department, a position he held until 1954 While at Howard, Blackwell became interested in statistics after hearing a lecture by Abe Girshick, and the two collaborated for many years Blackwell developed an interest in the theory of games during three summers, between 1948 and 1950, at RAND Corporation There, he studied games of timing, as when two duelists approach one other with a loaded pistol, a type of problem that resonated with researchers during the Cold War He became a leading expert in the area He coauthored with Girshick the book "Theory of Games and Statistical Decisions," in 1954.

Even before Blackwell moved to Howard, Jerzy Neyman, the leading statistician at the time at UC Berkeley, had courted Blackwell to come to the campus, but had run into objections about his race After World War II, however, the atmosphere throughout the country had improved, and Neyman was able to convince the mathematics department to hire Blackwell Blackwell arrived in 1954 as a visiting professor and joined the statistics department as a full professor when the department split off from the mathematics department in 1955 He succeeded Neyman as chair between 1957 and 1961 and served as assistant dean of the College of Letters and Science between 1964 and 1968.



 
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