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Prof. Herman Chernoff

Professor Chernoff is a highly-esteemed researcher and scientist in the fields of applied mathematics and statistics. He was President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and is an elected member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. The book Recent Advances in Statistics published in honor of his 60th birthday in 1983 contained papers in the fields where his influence as a researcher and teacher has been strong: design and sequential analysis, optimization and control, nonparametrics, large sample theory and statistical graphics.

 

Prof. Chernoff earned a Ph.D. and M.Sc. from Brown University and a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Physics from City College of New York. He worked for the Cowles Commission at the University of Chicago and then spent three years in the Mathematics Department at the University of Illinois before joining the Department of Statistics at Stanford University in 1952, where he remained for 22 years. He moved to M.I.T. in 1974, where he founded the Statistics Center. Since 1985 he has been in the Department of Statistics at Harvard.

 

Professor Chernoff has been honored for his contributions in many ways. He has honorary doctorates from Ohio State University, The Technion, La Sapienza (University of Rome), and University of Athens. He has been granted the following honors: Townsend Harris Medal, Samuel S. Wilks Medal, Statistician of the Year from Boston Chapter of the ASA, and President of IMS. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, International Statistical Institute, Sigma Chi, and is a Fellow of ASA and IMS.

 

Professor Chernoff is the co-author, with Lincoln Moses, of a text book, now a Dover Reprint, entitled "Elementary Decision Theory." He is also the author of the SIAM monograph 8 entitled "Sequential Analysis and Optimal Design."


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