D. G. Champernowne
He was educated at Winchester and King's College, Cambridge, where he was a contemporary and friend of Alan Turing. After academic work there and at the London School of Economics, he was drafted in to the statistical section of the prime minister's office at the beginning of the Second World War to supply quantitative information to help Winston Churchill make decisions; then, in 1941, he moved on to become a programme director in the Ministry of Aircraft Production.
He published work on Champernowne constant in 1933, while still an undergraduate at Cambridge. In 1948, working with his old college friend Alan Turing, he helped develop one of the first chess-playing computer programs. The book for which he is most renowned, synthesising a life's work, Economic Inequality and Income Distribution (Cambridge University Press), was published in 1998.
- "Professor David Champernowne", The Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2000.
- Reddaway, Brian (1 September 2000), "David Champernowne: Economist who held chairs at both Oxford and Cambridge", The Guardian.
- Obituaries: The Times, 25 August 2000, p 23 ; The Independent, 26 August 2000, p7.
- "David Champernowne (1912-2000)", ICGA Journal, 23 (4), December 2000.