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CONTACT: hill@math.gatech.edu


Ted Hill is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Georgia Tech, Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico, and Research Scholar in Residence at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.

He is a Distinguished Graduate of West Point’s Class of 1966 (the class with the highest casualty rate in Vietnam, and the focus of Rick Atkinson’s book The Long Gray Line), and holds a Master’s degree from Stanford and a PhD in Mathematics from Berkeley.

His main research area is probability theory, with a specific emphasis on optimal stopping theory, fair division problems and Benford's Law. His research, which has appeared in The American Scientist, and been cited in New Scientist, The New York Times, and numerous foreign newspapers, won many international awards including Fulbright and Gauss Professorships, and grants from the National Science Foundations of the United States, the Netherlands, Israel, and the German Academy of Sciences.

Ted has delivered invited lectures about his mathematical discoveries in fifteen countries, in English, German, Spanish, and Dutch, and in 2002 received an unprecedented invitation for a former enemy combatant to return to Vietnam as a scientist.

His good-natured, anti-authoritarian spirit led to a record number of West Point disciplinary actions, surviving infamous Army Ranger Training as a non-volunteer, and being shot at by the police, accused of piracy in the Bahamas, banned from Wellesley College for life, and convicted of trespassing in California and of “misappropriating” a jeep in the army. He has continued to question authority in his career as a professor, and was the focus of two Whistleblower reports on the 6 o’clock news on Atlanta’s WSB-TV.

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