David B. Weinberger

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David B. Weinberger (born 1947) is an American mathematician and mathematical financier.


Weinberger was a University Scholar at Princeton University, from which he was graduated in mathematics in 1969.[1] While there, he was a member of Princeton Tower Club. He attended Cornell University as a National Science Foundation Fellow, studying applied mathematics and operations research. His doctorate was awarded in 1973; D. R. Fulkerson served as advisor.[2]


After Cornell, he went to work at Bell Laboratories and continued to work on problems in combinatorics and optimization. From Bell Labs, he took a teaching position at the newly formed School of Organization and Management at Yale University for the academic year 1975-76.[3] (See also Yale School of Management.) Weinberger's Erdős number is 3, through publication with Leslie Trotter, who published with Douglas Brent West, who published with Paul Erdős.

Weinberger left Yale to join investment bank Goldman Sachs, where he was a pioneer in the application of quantitative methods to financial markets. His work included the implementation of early index arbitrage strategies, as well as options pricing and trading models.[4] In 1983, Weinberger left Goldman Sachs to join the secretive O'Connor and Associates, a proprietary trading firm in Chicago[5] Following the merger between Swiss Bank Corporation (later UBS) and O'Connor, Weinberger became an advisor to the firm. His chief responsibilities including working with the Prediction Company joint venture.

His time working on the partnership with Prediction Company is detailed in Thomas Bass's book The Predictors New York: Henry Holt, 1999. ISBN 0-8050-5756-0.

David Weinberger should be recorded in the annals of finance as the original rocket scientist on Wall Street. He was a teacher at Yale University and a former researcher at Bell Labs when he decided in 1976 that he preferred gambling as a profession. (p. 156)

He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute.[6] In 2012, Weinberger joined Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company as head of portfolio management.[7]


  1. ^ www.princeton.edu
  2. ^ "Mathematics Genealogy Project". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cornell Financial Engineering". Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ The Predictors, p. 161, Thomas Bass (via Google Books). Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Black Box". The New Yorker. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Santa Fe Institute Trustees". 
  7. ^ "PAAMCO press release". Retrieved January 1, 2012. 


  • An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets by Donald MacKenzie (MIT Press, 2006) (ISBN 0262134608).
  • "Operations Research at Bell Laboratories Through the 1970s: Part II" by Cree S. Dawson, Charles J. McCallum, Jr., et al. Operations Research, Vol. 48, No. 3 (May–June 2000), pp. 351–361.
  • The Predictors by Thomas Bass (Henry Holt & Company, 1999) (ISBN 0805057560).
  • "Using Derivatives: What Senior Managers Must Know" by Peter Tufano, David Weinberger, et al. Harvard Business Review (January–February 1995), pp. 33–41.
  • "Chaos Hits Wall Street" by David Berreby. Discover, Vol. 14, No. 03 (Mar. 1993).
  • "Symmetric Blocking and Antiblocking Relations for Generalized Circulations" by L.E. Trotter and D.B. Weinberger Math. Program. Studies 8 (1978), pp. 141–158.
  • "Turfing" by M. Segal and D.B. Weinberger Operations Research, Vol. 25, No. 3 (May–June 1977), pp. 367–386.
  • "Transversal matroid intersections and related packings" by David B. Weinberger Mathematical Programming, Vol. 11, No. 1 (December 1976), pp. 164–176.
  • "Network Flows, Minimum Coverings and the Four-Color Conjecture" by David B. Weinberger Operations Research, Vol. 24, No. 2 (March–April 1976), pp. 272–290.
  • "Blocking Pairs of Polyhedra Arising from Network Flows" by D.R. Fulkerson and David B. Weinberger J. Combinatorial Theory 18 (1975), pp. 265–283.
  • "Sufficient Regularity Conditions for Common Transversals" by David B. Weinberger J. Comb. Theory, Ser. A 16(3) (1974), pp. 380–390.
  • "A note on the blocker of tours" by David B. Weinberger Mathematical Programming, Vol. 7, No. 1 (December 1974), pp. 236–239.
  • "Investigations in the Theory of Blocking Pairs of Polyhedra" by David B. Weinberger. Link (August 1973)