Michael Bleicher

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Title: Mathematics Professor (Retired)
Company: University of Wisconsin
Location: Pensacola, Florida, United States

Michael Nathaniel Bleicher, PhD, a retired Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics education.

After 36 years in education and travelling around the world for his students, Dr. Bleicher now bears the title of professor emeritus with the University of Wisconsin, a title he has held since 1993. In mathematics, he is known for having researched the length and size of denominators in Egyptian fractions, and achieved the least length subdivision of a region of cells of a given area. Students may recognize Dr. Bleicher as the co-author of “Excursions into Mathematics” with A. Beck and D. Crowe, as well as the co-translator of “A Mathematical Guidebook for Technologists and Engineers.”

Born in Cleveland, Ohio to David Bleicher and Rachel Bleicher, Dr. Bleicher attended the California Institute of Technology because he always loved mathematics and science. Like many academics, he taught and served as a research assistant with Tulane University while matriculating toward an MS and PhD. In the last year of his doctorate studies, he accepted a fellowship with the University of Warsaw in Poland, ultimately earning dual doctorates from Tulane and Warsaw in 1961. Dr. Bleicher’s expertise was further recognized by the National Science Foundation, which accepted him as a fellow with the University of California, Berkeley, for one year. In 1962, Dr. Bleicher joined the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served as chair of the department of mathematics for one year, and from 1979 to 1981 he was the chief adviser and liaison with the U.S. Department of Energy.  He earned the title of professor emeritus in 1993, and received the 1973 Regents Award of Distinction from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Bleicher is a member of the American Mathematics Society, the Mathematics Association of America, the Polish Mathematics Society and the American Democratic Party. He served as a member of the Democratic National Committee for seven years, and chaired the party in Wisconsin from 1977 to 1979. The highlight of Dr. Bleicher’s career has been interacting with students, imparting knowledge and making a difference in their lives, and he has done so in a remarkable capacity for many years. In 2013, he was recognized as a distinguished visiting professor with the Indian Institute of Technology in Indore, and in 2011 he served as a professor and chair of Eternal University, in Baru Sahib of Himachal Pradesh in India. Additionally, he has taught with the Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia and Kennesaw State University, and founded the Wisconsin Emerging Scholars program with the department of mathematics and science at Clark Atlanta University. He has nurtured other scholars closer to his heart, with his three children Helene, Laurence, and Benjamin, stepchildren Kathryn, Robert, and the late Zaka, as well as his great-granddaughter Linden Rhodzell. Dr. Bleicher is the husband of Jeanne Smith, and they are expecting their second great-grandchild later this year.

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