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also known as; Unabomber, Theodore
Kacynski, Serial Killer, Mass Murderer, Terrorist
The Unabomber Biography
Born in Chicago, Ted Kaczynski was
intellectually gifted as a child and known to be extremely shy and
aloof. While an infant, Kaczynski had a severe allergic reaction to
medication. He was hospitalized for several weeks and allowed infrequent
visits from his parents, during which they could not hold their child.
The once-happy baby reportedly was never the same. According to his
mother, he initially cried incessantly and would plead for her comfort.
Afterwards he became increasingly withdrawn and unresponsive to human
contact, developing "an institutionalized look." By all
accounts Kaczynski's parents were warm and loving towards both him and
younger brother David.
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|Friends and neighbors have
said that the boy's intellectual gifts were apparent, but his social
skills were severely lacking: "I would see him coming in the alley.
He'd always walk by without saying hello. Just nothing," said Dr.
LeRoy Weinberg, a former Kaczynski neighbor. "Ted is a brilliant
boy, but he was most unsociable ... This kid didn't play. No, no. He was
an old man before his time." Some experts have suggested he suffers
from Asperger's syndrome, which could account for this behavior.
He skipped two grades, graduating from
high school in 1958 at the age of 16. Afterwards, he earned a bachelor's
degree from Harvard University in mathematics in 1962 but did not
particularly distinguish himself there. After graduation, he attended
the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, earning both a master's degree
and a Ph.D. in mathematics. One of his professors at Michigan, George
Piranian, said, "It is not enough to say he was smart." This
comment alludes to the fact that Kaczynski, in his Ph.D. work, solved an
open problem that had frustrated Piranian.
|An interesting sidelight is
provided in an article about a long-ignored personality profile of Adolf
Hitler written by Dr. Henry A. Murray for the Office of Strategic
Services (O.S.S.) during World War II. About Murray it says: "Dr.
Murray himself was a controversial figure. Having returned to Harvard
after the war, he was involved in psychological experiments in
1959–1962 in which a stress test similar to one the O.S.S. had used to
assess recruits was administered to student volunteers. Among them was
the young Theodore J. Kaczynski, a precocious student at Harvard who
later became known as the Unabomber. Lawyers for Mr. Kaczynski, who
pleaded guilty in 1998 to letter bomb attacks that killed 3 people and
wounded 28 others, traced some of his emotional instability and fear of
mind control to those tests." New York Times
Kaczynski began a successful research
career at Michigan, though he made few friends. Kaczynski's specialty
was a branch of complex analysis known as geometric function theory. His
ideas in this area were clever and effective, but they were also
obscure. "I would guess that maybe 10 or 12 people in the country
understood or appreciated it," said Maxwell O. Reade, a retired
math professor who served on Kaczynski's dissertation committee. In
1967, Kaczynski received a $100 prize recognizing his dissertation,
entitled "Boundary Functions", as the school's best in math
|At Michigan he held a National
Science Foundation fellowship, taught undergraduates for three years,
and published two articles related to his dissertation in mathematical
journals. After he left Michigan, he published four more papers.
Kaczynski was hired as an assistant
professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, in
the fall of 1967. Kaczynski's aloofness and reserve made him a rather
dull teacher and his students rated him very poorly. Against the attempt
at persuasion by the department staff, Kaczynski resigned without
explanation in 1969. Calvin Moore, vice chairman of the department in
1968, said that given Kaczynski's "impressive" thesis and
record of publications, "he could have advanced up the ranks and
been a senior member of the faculty today."
After resigning his position at Berkeley,
he did not hold permanent employment. He lived in a remote shack on very
little money, occasionally worked odd jobs, and received some financial
support from his family. In 1978, he worked briefly with his father and
brother at a foam rubber factory.
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commonly spelled; Unabomber, The
Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, Theodore Kacyznski, Therodore Kaczynski, Theodore
Cakzynski, Theodore Kakzynski, Unabobmer, Umabomber