Last updated on: 3/13/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

John Lamperti, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Dartmouth College
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“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,” math.dartmouth.edu, 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
Education:
  • PhD, Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, 1957
  • BS, Mathematics and Physics, Haverford College, 1953
Other:
  • 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?