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.
TPH in the News
- Benford's Law and Baseball by K. W. Regan posted July 29, 2012.
- Redefining the kilogram by Bob Grant, The Scientist, July 5, 2012.
- The creativity factor by Charles Day, online editor, Physics Today, Jan 11, 2012.
- Listed in 2011 Marquis Who's Who in America. (Subscription required.)
- Formalized Mathematics blog by Slawomir Kolodynski posted May 21, 2010.
- Mathematical Digest by Allyn Jackson, AMS Math in the Media 2009.
- "Why the World is Losing Weight", Mary Bowers, The Caravan, September 1-15, 2009. Article is currently unavailable.
- "Editor's Note: More on Cake Cutting", Andy R. Magid, Notices Amer. Math. Soc., 55:9, October 2008, pg. 10.
- Defining a New Kilogram by S. Spicer, Water Environment Laboratory Solutions, Vol. 15, No. 4, August/September 2008.
- "Prominent Mathematician Addresses Cuesta Students", Cuesta College News, Summer 2008.
- "A better definition for the Kilogram?" by J. Toon, Georgia Tech News Release, Sept 21, 2007. (Also referenced in Georgia Tech Research Horizons, Fall 2007).
- "Math Theory Offers Way to Detect Cooked Books", ABC News, July 16, 2007.
- "A Learning Experience", San Luis Obispo Tribune, May 15, 2007.
- Hal's Pick of the Month Selection for March 2007.
- Weird Science Awardee # 2, Science Matters by Tom Siegfried, December 2006.
- Whistleblower Reports, WSBTV Action News, Atlanta, GA, February 23 and 24, 2004.
- "Osos man recalls 42 years of friendship with Wesley Clark", San Luis Obispo Tribune, February 1, 2004.
- "Modern Math Counts on Ancient Law to Catch Fraud", OR/MS Today, December 2000.
- "Sorry, Wrong Number", by T.J. Becker, Research Horizons, Fall 2000, Georgia Tech.
- "Die Eins von Planet Zob", by Von Jörg Albrecht, Die Zeit, September 28, 2000.
- "Baffled by Math", by Kevin Maney, USAToday.com, October 18. 2000.
- "Randomly Wrong", by Paul Niquette, 1999.
- "Got Your Number", by Louis Lavelle, The Record (Bergen County, NJ), August 15, 1999.
- "Fraudeurs, méfiez-vous du 6!" by Véronique Parasote, Science & Vie Junior, August 1999.
- "De macht van het getal één", by Robert Matthews, Wetenschap & Techniek, August 19, 1999.
- "Randomness Rules", by Tina Hesman, The Dallas Morning News, August 9, 1999.
- "The power of one", by Robert Matthews, New Scientist, July 19, 1999.
- "Prime Number", Tech Topics, Vol. 35, No. 2, Winter 1998, Georgia Tech.
- "Fraudes la preuve par 1", by Patrick Sandouley, Jeune Afrique no. 1978, December 1998.
- "Ständigt dessa ettor...", by Johan Nilsson, Dagens Nyheter, November 1998.
- "Aplicação de teorema pode indicar fraudes", by Malcom W. Browne, Estado de S. Paulo, August 9, 1998.
- "Beating the Odds (and the Frauds) with the Number 1", by Malcom W. Browne, International Herald Tribune, August 5, 1998.
- "Following Benford's Law, or Looking Out for No. 1", by Malcom W. Browne, New York Times Science, August 4, 1998.
- "Der älteste Prüfling", Göttinger Tageblatt 1989.
- Frank Maggio CBS Interview w/Dan Rather, December 11, 1985.
- "Ook de wiskundige heeft moeite met het taartsnijden", by Wouter Klootwijk, Volkskrant, 1982.
- "Wanderlust", Money, October 1975.
- "He Wants Bride He Can Fly Away From", by Michael Grieg, San Francisco Chronicle, August 29, 1975.
- "A Cliff is a Challenge", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 6, 1971.