James Williams, Ph. D.

2022 MARCH 20

At Carleton College, Mr. Williams studied math and physics and learned how scientists think. And he longed for his California home. At U.C. Berkeley, he lived two blocks from the Oakland Black Panther headquarters and learned about blacks' problems with cops. And he got a Ph.D. in mathematics.

At Berkeley and later at BGSU and the MITRE Corporation, Mr. Williams wrote research papers in topology, algebra, category theory, logic, automated deduction, and information security.

After retiring, Mr. Williams became curious why his doctors thought medical marijuana could help with his prostate cancer. He learned that CBD, THC, and a dozen other cannabis compounds are relevant to serious illness. He went after the details.

The result has been a book on cannabis compounds for medical conditions such as arthritis, intractable pain, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, alcoholism, heart disease, and cancer.

In writing citations and references for the book, he developed a citation architecture that features citations whose references show up as mouseover notes. The notes are annotated with icons automatically gleaned from the references' articles.