William Jewell: international expert in risk analysis
William S. Jewell, professor emeritus of operations research and
an internationally recognized expert in risk analysis, died last
January in Walnut Creek at the age of 70.
Jewell joined the engineering faculty in 1960. He served as IEOR
chair from 1976 to 1980 and was director of the College’s
Operations Research Center (ORC). An early proponent of interdisciplinary
research, he was the driving force behind the 1989 reorganization
of the ORC into the Engineering Systems Research Center (ESRC).
"Bill possessed a tremendous intellectual curiosity that
covered a wide breadth," says C. Roger Glassey, professor
emeritus of industrial engineering. "Throughout his life,
he maintained a degree of optimism that was infectious."
Jewell had many interests beyond the mathematical
analysis of risk. He was also a talented musician and an aficionado
of beer-making in Czechoslovakia.
Jewell’s many honors include a Fulbright Research Fellowship
to Paris and a Halmstad Memorial Prize in recognition of significant
research in actuarial science. Born in Detroit in 1932, Jewell
held a bachelor's from Cornell and a Ph.D. from MIT. He is survived
by his wife Elizabeth, a sister, four children, and five grandchildren.
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