Abdulalim A. Shabazz

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Abdulalim Abdullah Shabazz
Abdulalim Shabazz in 1949
Born(1927-05-22)May 22, 1927
DiedJune 25, 2014(2014-06-25) (aged 87)
Alma materLincoln University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorMark Kac

Abdulalim Abdullah Shabazz (May 22, 1927 – June 25, 2014) was an African American Professor of Mathematics. He received the National Association of Mathematicians Distinguished Service Award for his years of mentoring and teaching excellence. President of the United States Bill Clinton awarded Shabazz a National Mentor award in September 2000.[1]


Shabazz was born Lonnie Cross in Bessemer, Alabama. In 1949, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and mathematics from Lincoln University. Two years later he earned a Master of Science in Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mathematics and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1955 in mathematical analysis from Cornell University. His subject of his doctoral dissertation was "The Distribution of Eigenvalues of the Equation: Integral of A(S-T) PHI (T) with Respect to T Between Lower Limit -A and Upper Limit A=Rho (Integral of B(S-T))".[2][3][4]

Shabazz was appointed an assistant professor of mathematics by Tuskegee Institute in 1956. From 1957 until 1963, he served as chairman and associate professor of mathematics at Clark Atlanta University. One of his students was David Lee Hunter.[5]

Shabazz announced in 1961 that he was a member of the Nation of Islam (later he converted to orthodox Islam).

From 1975 until 1986, Shabazz taught in Chicago, Detroit, and in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. In 1986, Shabazz came back to Clark Atlanta, where he served as chair from 1990 until 1995. From 1998 until 2000, Shabazz was Chairman of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania).

The American Association for the Advancement of Science presented him with its 1992 "Mentor Award" for his leadership in efforts to increase the participation of women, minorities, and individuals with physical disabilities in science and engineering. He received the National Association of Mathematicians Distinguished Service Award for his years of mentoring and teaching excellence. President Clinton awarded Shabazz a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring award in September 2000. In 2001, the Association of African American Educators awarded Shabazz its Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding work with African Americans in mathematics. He was a professor and endowed chair in mathematics at Grambling State University.

Dr. Shabazz died on June 25, 2014.[6]


  1. ^ President Clinton Honors Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentors, National Science Foundation, September 7, 2000.
  2. ^ "DrAAS Doc9". Dr. Abdul Alim Shabazz. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  3. ^ Abdulalim A. Shabazz at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ "On the distribution of eigenvalues of [Integral sign]a̳-a̳a(s-t)[phi](t)dt=p[[integral sign]a̳-a̳b(s-t)[phi](t)dt+[eta][phi](s)]". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 27 Apr 2017.
  5. ^ Kass, Jesse Leo (August–September 2021). "David L. Hunter and the desegregation of MAA meetings". MAA Focus: 18–21.
  6. ^ "In Memoriam: Abdulalim Shabazz". The Final Call. Retrieved 8 June 2015.

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