Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

In Memoriam: Abdulalim A. Shabazz

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

In Memoriam: Abdulalim A. Shabazz

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Abdulalim A. Shabazz (May 22, 1927-June 25, 2014) was a highly respected scholar and the first endowed professor of mathematics at Grambling State University (2007-2014), he has been widely credited with training directly or indirectly nearly half of all African Americans who have earned doctorate degrees in mathematics in the United States.

Shabazz also served at Lincoln University (1998-2000) in Pennsylvania as chair and associate professor of mathematics and computer science, the Tuskegee Institute (1956-1957) as assistant professor of mathematics, and at Clark Atlanta University (1957-1963; 1986-1995) as associate professor and department chair during his distinguished career. In 2000, President Bill Clinton honored him with a National Mentor award. He held a A.B. (1949) in Mathematics and Chemistry from Lincoln University (with honors) with minors in French and physics; a Master of Science in Mathematics (1951) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a Ph.D. (1955) in mathematical analysis from Cornell University, with minors in geometry and algebra.

Subsequently, Dr. Shabazz worked for the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory in Buffalo, N. Y (1952-1953), and was a Research Mathematician with the Metals Research Laboratory of the Electro Metallurgical Company at Niagara Falls in 1955. In 1960 Shabazz become a member of the Nation of Islam after hearing Elijah Muhammad speak in Atlanta. Hence, he has served as Muslim Imam (spiritual leader) of Muhammad's Mosque No. 4 in Washington, D.C., and in 1963, he reestablished the University of Islam there and was Director of Education until 1975 wherein he developed elementary, high school and college education programs for the Nation of Islam. From 1975 until 1986, he taught in Chicago, Detroit, and in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Between 1976 and 1982, Shabazz was also an adjunct professor on the faculty of the Union Graduate School where he supervised four successful Ph.D. candidates, and from 1982 to 1986, he was a professor at Umm Al Qura University-the University of Makkah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (during the summers of 1988 and 1989, he was a National Aeronautics and Space Administration-American Society for Engineering Education Summer Research Faculty Fellow at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland). …

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