Robert R. Coveyou
(1915 - 20 Feb 1996)
American mathematician who was a health physicist with the Manhattan Project from 1943 during WW II. Afterwards, he completed an M.S. degree in Mathematics, and joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a research mathematician. He became a recognized expert in pseudo-random number generators. In the 1950s-60s, he was very active in the civil rights movement in Oak Ridge, dedicated to racial equality and spear-headed effort to desegregate a local high school. As an excellent tournament chess player, he was Tennessee State Champion eight times.
Science Quotes by Robert R. Coveyou (1 quote)
The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.
— Robert R. Coveyou
Title of an article (1970). Quoted by M. Gardner (1977), 169. Cited in Gideon Keren and Charles Lewis, A Handbook for data analysis in the behavioral sciences (), 390.