Statistical Science

A Conversation With Harry Martz

Paul Kvam

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Harry F. Martz was born June 16, 1942 and grew up in Cumberland, Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics (with a minor in physics) from Frostburg State University in 1964, and earned a Ph.D. in statistics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1968. He started his statistics career at Texas Tech University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Statistics right after graduation. In 1978, he joined the technical staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos, New Mexico after first working as Full Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at Utah State University in the fall of 1977. He has had a prolific 23-year career with the statistics group at LANL; over the course of his career, Martz has published over 80 research papers in books and refereed journals, one book (with co-author Ray Waller), and has four patents associated with his work at LANL. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and has received numerous awards, including the Technometrics Frank Wilcoxon Prize for Best Applications Paper (1996), Los Alamos National Laboratory Achievement Award (1998), R&D 100 Award by R&D Magazine (2003), Council for Chemical Research Collaboration Success Award (2004), and Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Distinguished Licensing Award (2004). Since retiring as a Technical Staff member at LANL in 2001, he has worked as a LANL Laboratory Associate.

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Statist. Sci., Volume 21, Number 4 (2006), 578-585.

First available in Project Euclid: 23 April 2007

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Kvam, Paul. A Conversation With Harry Martz. Statist. Sci. 21 (2006), no. 4, 578--585. doi:10.1214/088342306000000646.

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  • Martz, H. F. and Waller, R. A. (1982). Bayesian Reliability Analysis. Wiley, Chichester.
  • Martz, H. F. and Zimmer, W. J. (1992). The risk of catastrophic failure of the solid rocket boosters on the space shuttle. Amer. Statist. 46 42--47.
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