Mathematician:David Gawen Champernowne

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English economist and mathematician, famous for proving that the number now known as the Champernowne constant is normal with respect to base $10$.

A sometime colleague and lifelong friend of Alan Mathison Turing.




  • Born: 9 July 1912 in Oxford, England
  • 1931: Won a scholarship to study mathematics at King's College, Cambridge
  • Autumn 1931: Matriculated
  • 1936: Appointed assistant lecturer at London School of Economics
  • 1938: University lecturer in statistics at Cambridge
  • 1940: Made a temporary Civil Servant, assigned to statistical section of Prime Minister's office as assistant to Frederick Alexander Lindemann
  • 1945: Appointed as Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford
  • 1945: Made director of Oxford University Institute of Statistics
  • 1948: Appointed as Professor of Statistics at Oxford
  • 1959: Return to Cambridge as Reader in Economics
  • 1970: Appointed to Personal Professorship at Cambridge
  • 1970: Elected to the British Academy
  • 1978: Retired
  • 1995: Moved to Budleigh Salterton
  • Died: 19 August 2000 in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England

Theorems and Definitions

Definitions of concepts named for David Gawen Champernowne can be found here.


Also known as

Known to all as Champ.