Monday, January 21, 2008

Albert Bowker passed away

Albert Hosmer Bowker, a former chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, an expert in statistics and an innovative administrator during his decades-long career in higher education across the country, died Sunday in a retirement home in Portola Valley, Calif. He was 88 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Bowker was chancellor of UC Berkeley, which he called a "wild and wonderful place," from 1971 to 1980, a period largely defined by steady reductions in state funding, lingering student sentiment against the Vietnam War, and demonstrations against the university system’s investments in apartheid South Africa.
More about A. Bowker here.
One of his greater achievements is, in my opinion, that as an assistant professor of math and statistics at Stanford University (his first appointment in 1947) set up the Statistics Department and was its firt chair from 1948 to 1959.

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