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Alastair Scott, one of the finest statisticians New Zealand has produced, died in Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday, May 25. He served the University of Auckland with distinction from 1972 to 2005. His research was characterised by deep insight and he made pioneering contributions across a wide range of statistical…

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IMS member Joseph Hilbe passed away March 12, 2017, aged 72. Known for his work in astronomy and statistics, Hilbe was also an excellent athlete, and his first doctorate was in Philosophy. His interest in astronomy led to him initiating the International Statistical Institute (ISI) Astrostatistics Interest Group, eventually becoming…

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Tapas K. Chandra, professor of statistics at the Indian Statistical Institute, has passed away in Calcutta; he was 64. Professor Chandra is known for his work on asymptotic stochastic expansions of test statistics under Pitman and fixed alternatives and for strong laws for dependent sequences. Jointly with Sreela Gangopadhyay,…

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Charles M. Stein, one of the most original statisticians and probabilists of the 20th century died in Fremont, California on November 24th, 2016. Stein’s paradox showing the classical least squares estimates of several parameters can be usefully improved by combining seeming unrelated pieces of information is one of the most…

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Steve Fienberg: “Statistics is what I do!” Photo: Carnegie Mellon University   Stephen (Steve) E. Fienberg was the “superman of statistics” (L. Wasserman), “a hero of the statistics profession” (M. Straf), “the ultimate public statistician” (A. Carriquiry, E. Lander), and “the best kind of Bayesian” (E. George). His life and…

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