Biographical Sketch of Richard Blecksmith

People say I look like Jerry Garcia. Happily I am not dead yet.

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and have been a longtime fan of baseball (Reds), basketball (Bulls), motorcycles (Harleys), and mathematics (Number Theory).

I earned my PhD from the University of Arizona in 1983 under the direction of John Brillhart and am currently a professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

With his lovely wife Sharon, daughter Katie, 3 dogs, 6 cats, 2 dozen chickens, and various itinerate mathematicians, Richard Blecksmith lives on a small farm near Malta, Illinois, where he is often out standing in his field. (Ha, ha.)

Last year I was the President of the Malta Band Boosters, the Chairperson for Market Day, and an elected member of the Board of Education for the Malta Schools. This year I am just a parent of a young girl in DeKalb High School.

I have published several articles in the American Mathematical Monthly. The last two were coauthored by my good friend, J. L. Selfridge. I have also written several articles in Mathematics of Computation with John Brillhart at Arizona and Irving Gerst formerly at SUNY - Stony Brook. (Professor Gerst died several years ago.) I have also written articles with Charles Nicol, Michael Filaseta, and Prakash Laud.

I am currently Secretary of the Number Theory Foundation. In our department I am the faculty advisor for Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon, a mathematical honor society. I am also the director of NIU's Math Camp, a summer program for mathematically motivated high school students.