Samuel Karlin

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Samuel Karlin (June 8, 1924 – December 18, 2007) was an Jewish mathematician at Stanford University in the late 20th century.

Samuel Karlin was born in Yanova* and immigrated to Chicago as a child. Raised in an Orthodox Jewish household, Karlin became an atheist in his teenage years and remained an atheist for the rest of his life.

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Samuel Karlin earned his undergraduate degree from Illinois Institute of Technology; and then his doctorate in mathematics from Princeton University in 1947 (at the age of 22) under the supervision of Salomon Bochner. Samuel Karlin was on the faculty of Caltech from 1948–56, before becoming a professor of mathematics and statistics at Stanford.

Throughout his career, Samuel Karlin made fundamental contributions to the fields of mathematical economics, bioinformatics, game theory, evolutionary theory, biomolecular sequence analysis, and total positivity. Samuel Karlin did extensive work in mathematical population genetics. In the early 1990s, Samuel Karlin and Stephen Altschul developed the Karlin-Altschul statistics, a basis for the highly used sequence similarity software program BLAST.

Samuel Karlin authored ten books and more than 450 articles. Samuel Karlin was a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. In 1989, President George H. W. Bush bestowed Karlin the National Medal of Science „for his broad and remarkable research in mathematical analysis, probability theory and mathematical statistics, and in the application of these ideas to mathematical economics, mechanics, and population genetics.“

See also

Selected publications


  1. ^ Burge, C.; Karlin, S. (1997). „Prediction of complete gene structures in human genomic DNA“. Journal of Molecular Biology 268 (1): 78–94.doi:10.1006/jmbi.1997.0951PMID 9149143edit
  2. ^ Artstein, Zvi (1980). „Discrete and continuous bang-bang and facial spaces, or: Look for the extreme points“. SIAM Review 22 (2): pp. 172–185. doi:10.1137/1022026JSTOR 2029960MR564562.
  3. a b c Sam Karlin, mathematician who improved DNA analysis, dies
  4. a b c Sam Karlin, influential math professor, dead at 83
  5. ^ US NSF – The President’s National Medal of Science: Recipient Details
  6. ^ Sam Karlin, mathematician who improved DNA analysis, dead at 83Stanford University, retrieved 2011-01-16.
  7. ^ Kenneth Karlin’s web site at JHU, retrieved 2011-01-16.
  8. ^ Anna Karlin’s faculty web page at U. Washington, retrieved 2011-01-16.

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