Charles Dwight Lahr

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American mathematician

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According to Wikipedia, Charles Dwight Lahr was an American mathematician, the first tenured African-American professor of mathematics at an Ivy League university, and a university administrator. Biography Born in Philadelphia, Dwight Lahr attended Central High School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Temple University in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in math. He went on to earn an M.A. in 1968 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Syracuse University in 1972, with a dissertation entitled "Approximate identities and multipliers for certain convolution measure algebras." After working at Bell Labs, he joined the faculty of Dartmouth College as an assistant professor in 1975. Lahr became an associate professor in 1981, served as associate dean of faculty for sciences and dean of graduate studies, and became full professor and dean of the faculty in 1984. In 1994, he was the founder and director of "CLIPP, a Dartmouth Summer Institute to develop computer literacy for inner city public school teachers" and to provide them computer equipment. He retired in 2014, and in 2021 Dartmouth College inaugurated the C. Dwight Lahr Lecture series.

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