Ph.D. graduates of the Bell Labs CRFP Program

Thomas Harrison, **Robert
Thornton**, **Marc
Hannah** 1999

The Cooperative Research Fellowship Program
was started at Bell Labs in 1972. It has **funded over 120 minority
Ph.D.'s in the sciences and engineering** since that time. Here
is a list of the African Americans in the program who have gone
to earn a Ph.D. in the Mathematical Sciences.

**Duane
Cooper** (Mathematics)

**Teresa Edwards**
(Operations Research)

**Louise Brown
Hosseini-Nasab** (Operations Research)

Sidney Harris (Operations Research)

**Illya Hicks** (Operations
Research)

**Charles Isbell**
(Computer Science)

**Otis Jennings**
(Operations Research)

**Mark Lewis** (Operations
Research)

**Iris Mack** (Mathematics)

**William Massey**
(Mathematics)

**Arlie Petters**
(Mathematics)

**Mark Smith**
(Computer Science)

**Pamela Williams**
(Operations Research)

A May 2000 note from graduate Bill Massey:

The year that I was awarded a [Bell Labs CRFP]
fellowship was 1977. My co-awardees were Dr. **Robert
Thornton**, Dr.. **Walter
Lowe** (currently a Physics professor at Howard University),
and Dr. **Marc
Hannah** (co-founder of Silicon Graphics).

By coincidence, all four of us went to Stanford for graduate school. Robert (undergrad at Cal Tech) got his Ph.D. in Applied Physics (around '83), Walter (undergrad at North Carolina A&T) in Physics (around '83), and Marc (undergrad Illinois Institute of Technology) in Electrical Engineering (maybe '82).

In the photo at the top, Robert Thornton is the person in the middle and Marc Hannah is on the right. The guy on the left is Dr. Thomas Harrison who works at Sandia Laboratories. He is another CRFP alum who got his Ph.D. from Stanford in EE (undergrad at Howard).

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