Albert H. Bowker

Albert Hosmer Bowker (September 8, 1919 – January 20, 2008) was an American statistician and university administrator. Born in Massachusetts, he worked at Stanford University in the late 1940s to early 1950s. In 1953, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[1] He then served as Chancellor of the City University of New York from 1963 to 1971. During this period, in 1964, he married his second wife, Rosedith Sitgreaves,[2] herself a notable statistician who had gone through the graduate program in statistics at Columbia University with Bowker and was at the time a professor at Columbia.[3] He served as Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley from 1971 to 1980[4] until serving as U.S. Assistant Secretary for Post-Secondary Education in the Carter administration.[5] After 1 year, he went to the University of Maryland to serve as Dean of the School of Public Affairs. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2008.

Albert Hosmer Bowker
5th Chancellor of the
University of California, Berkeley
In office
Preceded byRoger W. Heyns
Succeeded byIra Michael Heyman
2nd Chancellor of the City University of New York
In office
Preceded byJohn Rutherford Everett
Succeeded byRobert Joseph Kibbee
Personal details
Born(1919-09-08)September 8, 1919
Winchendon, Massachusetts
DiedJanuary 20, 2008(2008-01-20) (aged 88)
Portola Valley, California
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work

Early life and education

Bowker was born on September 8, 1919, in Winchendon, Massachusetts. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a B.S. in mathematics and later went to Columbia University where he received a Ph.D. in statistics.[4]


  1. View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-07-23.
  2. "Miss Sitgreaves And Dr. Bowker Marry in Easton", New York Times, September 27, 1964.
  3. Zheng, Tian; Ying, Zhiliang (2013), "Columbia University Statistics", Strength in numbers: the rising of academic statistics departments in the U.S, Springer, New York, pp. 27–38, MR 3077323. See in particular p. 35.
  4. Doyle, Jim (2008-01-25). "Albert H. Bowker - UC Berkeley chancellor". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-12-06.
  5. "Days of Cal | Albert H. Bowker". Retrieved 2011-12-06.
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Rutherford Everett
Chancellor of the City University of New York
1963 – 1971
Succeeded by
Robert Joseph Kibbee
Preceded by
Roger W. Heyns
Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley
1971 – 1980
Succeeded by
Ira Michael Heyman
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