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William Jewell

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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