RIP Dr. David Blackwell, one of the great mathematical minds of the 20th century. Blackwell was a distinguished professor at UC Berkeley (where I attended grad school in the 90’s) who made enormous contributions to multiple fields including game theory. This, despite the horrible racism that plagued his early career.
Basically, I’m not interested in doing research and I never have been. I’m interested in understanding, which is quite a different thing.
My dad was at Cal when he was given tenure (in the late 50’s). By the time I got there, Blackwell was nothing short of an academic rock star.