Career Service Biography
Born September 6, 1940, in Dover, Ohio. B.S. and M.S. (electrical engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962; Ph.D. 1964. Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1964-66. Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics, University of North Carolina, 1966. Member of the Technical Staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories Mathematics Research Center 1966-71. Adjunct Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, 1969; Visiting Lecturer, Westfield College, University of London, 1970; Professor of Mathematics and of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), University of California, Berkeley, 1971-1983; ; Associate Chairman of EECS for Computer Science, 1975-77. Founder and President, Cyclotomics, Inc. (became Kodak Berkeley Research), 1983-89. President, Axcom Trading Advisors (manager of "Medallion Fund", now Renaissance Technology), 1989-91; Visiting Professor of Mathematics and EECS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991-93; Chairman of the Board, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, 1994-98; Chairman of the Board, International Computer Science Institute, 2000-2003. Professor of Mathematics, half-time, University of California, Berkeley, 1983-2002, Professor in the Graduate School, 2002-2006; PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS EMERITUS, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, 2006-PRESENT.
Professional Activities: Chair, Institute for Defense Analysis FOCUS Review Panel, 1972-74, 1997-99. President, IEEE Information Theory Society, 1973. Founding Committee, Computer Science Division of EECS, University of California, Berkeley, 1973; Chair, UC Berkeley Senate Committee on Computing Policy, 1975-77; Chair, DARPA Memory Technology Study Group, 1974-75; Advisory Board, Lawrence Hall of Science, 1975-77; NSF Steering Committee on Information Science and Technology, 1978-80; American Council of Education's "Public Cryptography Study Group," 1979-81; Board of Governors, American Mathematical Society, 1979-82; University of California President's Science and Academic Advisory, Livermore-Los Alamos National Laboratories, 1984-88; Co-chair, "Games of No Chance" Workshops on Combinatorial Games, 1994, 2000, 2005, 2008; Co-organizer, "Gatherings for Gardner," 1992-2008; Sponsor and Organizer - Annual Fairs for K-12 nonprofit educational institutions, 2003-present; Sponsor and Organizer - Professional Mathematical Coupon Go Tournament in Seoul, Korea, 2007. Academic Review Boards - Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2005-present; Princeton Mathematics Department, 1999-present; MIT Mathematics Department, 1997-present; The Technion Electrical Engineering Department, 1981; M.I.T. EECS Department, 1971-74. Editorial Boards - Internet Mathematics, 2003-present; Theoretical Computer Science, 1993-2000; Utilitas Mathematicae, 1982-present; Information and Control, 1967-85; Mathematical Reviews, 1979-82; IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 1970-73; American Mathematical Monthly, 1968-71. School Boards - College Preparatory School, Oakland, CA, 1999-2002; Head-Royce School (K-12), Oakland, CA, 1986-92 Corporate Boards - Co-founder, Audit Committee: Cylink (Nasdaq CLNK), 1984-2002, merged into Safenet; Kodak Federal Systems Division, 1986-89; IC Designs (acquired by Cypress Semiconductor), 1982-93; Axcom Trading Advisors (now Renaissance Technology), 1989-91; A. K. Peters Publishing, 1992-present; Space Computers Corporation, 1998-present. Member: American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Fellow); American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow); American Mathematical Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Fellow). Recipient: William Lowell Putnam Intercollegiate Mathematics Competition, top 5, 1961; Eta Kappa Nu "Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer" Award, 1971; Association for Computing Machinery Lecturer for Special Interest Group on Symbolic and Algebraic Manipulation, 1975-76; IEEE Information Theory Society Golden Jubilee Award, 1998; IEEE Information Theory Society Shannon Award, 1993; IEEE Information Theory Society, Best Research Paper Award, 1969; IEEE R. W. Hamming Award, 1991; IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award for Computers and Communications, 1990; IEEE Centennial Medal, 1984; American Mathematical Society Arnold Ross Lecturer, 2004; Richard K. Guy Lecturer, 2006.
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999; member of Class III-Engineering and Applied Sciences. Elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1977. National Academies Activities: NAS Finance Committee, 2000-present; NAE Finance Committee, 2007-present; PNAS Editorial Board, 2000-2002; NAS Class III Membership Committee, 2004, 2005; NAS Temporary Nominating Group for Africa, 2005-present; National Science Resources Center Advisory Board, 2005-present; NAS Award for Initiatives in Research Selection Committee, 2002; NAS Awards for the Industrial Application of Science Selection Committee, 2001; NRC Board on Telecommunications and Computer Applications, 1982-1984; NRC Study on Technology, Management and Capital in Smaller Companies, 1993-95; NRC Committee for the Study on Directions for the AFOSR Mathematics and Space Sciences Directorate Related to Information Science and Technology, 2005, Advisory Committee on NAE Symposium on Electronic Voting, 2007.