Herman Rubin was born October 27, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1948 at the age of 21. He has been on the faculty of Stanford University, the University of Oregon, Michigan State University and Purdue University, where he is currently Professor of Statistics and Professor of Mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as a member of Sigma Xi.
He is well known for his broad ranging mathematical research interests and for fundamental contributions in Bayesian decision theory, in set theory, in estimations for simultaneous equations, in probability and in asymptotic statistics.
These conversations took place during the 2003–2004 academic year at Purdue University.