Mathematician and educator David Blackwell is born

April 24

On April 24, 1919, David Blackwell was born in 1919. 

David Blackwell was the first African American inducted into the National Academy of Sciences. He was also the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the seventh African American to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematics. 

David Blackwell was an esteemed mathematician and educator. Blackwell worked at several HBCUs including Southern University, Clark Atlanta and Howard University. Eventually he landed at the University of California where his career as an esteemed mathematician took off. His work was widely published from research papers to major mathematical and statistical journals.

Blackwell died in 2010 at the age of 91.


David H. Blackwell: A profile of inspiration and perseverance. David H. Blackwell: A Profile of Inspiration and Perseverance | Statistics at Illinois. (n.d.). Retrieved April 1, 2023, from

David Harold Blackwell (1919 – 2010). David Harold Blackwell (1919 – 2010) | Howard University Department of Mathematics. (n.d.). Retrieved April 1, 2023, from 

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