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John Lamperti, PhD Biography

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Dartmouth College
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“If executions protected innocent lives… that would weigh in the balance against capital punishment’s heavy social costs. But despite years of trying, this benefit has not been proven to exist; the only certain effects of capital punishment are its liabilities… The death penalty serves no social purpose, and its abolition would be a practical and a moral step forward.”

“Does Capital Punishment Deter Murder? A Brief Look at the Evidence,”, Mar. 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Mathematics, Dartmouth College, 1963-present (emeritus since 1998)
  • Research Associate, Rockefeller University, 1962-1963
  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Stanford University, 1959-1962
  • Instructor, Mathematics, Stanford University, 1957-1959
  • Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1956-1957
  • PhD, Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, 1957
  • BS, Mathematics and Physics, Haverford College, 1953
  • Delivered testimony on the deterrent effect of the death penalty in Vermont and New Hampshire in 2010.
  • Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, 1970
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?