On July 8, 2010, Professor David Blackwell
of the University of California,
Berkeley, passed away at the age of
In appreciation of this great mathematical
scientist, the editor of Notices of the American
compile a rather extensive article consisting primarily
of short contributions by a number of
selected invitees. Krantz, being a mathematician,
felt the need for a bridge toward the community
of statisticians and probabilists. I had the good
fortune to be invited to fill this role and to be given
the opportunity to offer a token of my affection
and immense respect for Professor Blackwell.
A limited number of invitations were sent to
a selected segment of statisticians/probabilists.
The response was prompt and enthusiastic. At the
final stage, twenty contributions were collected
of average length of about one and a half pages.
The contributors were selected to represent four
groups of people: former students of Professor
Blackwell; former students at the University of
California, Berkeley, but not Professor Blackwell’s
students; faculty of the University of California,
Berkeley; faculty from other institutions.
The heart of the present article is the set of
contributions referred to above.
Deep gratitude is due to the twenty contributors
to this article for their response to the extended
invitations; for their sharing with the mathematical
sciences community at large their experiences with
Professor Blackwell; their reminiscences about
him; and their expressed appreciation of Professor