In May 2012 David Nualart was named the first Black-Babcock Professor of Mathematics. Professor Nualart is one of the world's leading probabilists and has made many important contributions to Malliavin calculus, anticipative stochastic calculus, and fractional Brownian motion. He received his Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Barcelona and joined the KU faculty in 2005.
The Black-Babcock Professorship was established by Martha Peterson to honor two former math faculty members, Florence Black and Wealthy Babcock. Both earned doctorates in mathematics from KU in 1926. Black began teaching at KU in 1918 and retired as a professor of mathematics in 1960. Babcock became an associate professor of math and KU's math librarian. She retired in 1966. Peterson earned bachelor's and master's degree in mathematics in 1937 and 1943 at KU while working on her Ph.D. in educational psychology and counseling. She was an instructor in the math department before embarking upon a career in administration and industry.