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William McGuire

- January 15, 2008

William McGuire has passed away at the age of 82. His NY Times obituary is here. An earlier tribute is here, whence this remarkable anecdote:

bq. At the University of Illinois, his first faculty position, he entered into a bet with a colleague who seemed perpetually anxious about publishing and obtaining tenure, that he, Bill, would not publish a single paper until after receiving tenure. So Bill did his work, and wrote his papers, but did not submit them for publication. The evidence is in his vita — 10 papers appeared in 1961, the year after he was tenured.

Another remarkable fact, from this Yale Bulletin story:

bq. His research has received 40 uninterrupted years of funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.