Statistical Science

A Conversation with Tom Louis

Lance A. Waller

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Thomas A. Louis received his BA in Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1966 and his Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from Columbia University in 1972. He served as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Imperial College, London, from 1972–1973 and has held faculty positions at Boston University, Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Minnesota and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he served as a Senior Statistical Scientist at the RAND Corporation, and as Associate Director for Research and Methodology and Chief Scientist at the U.S. Census Bureau. Tom has served as President of both the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society and as President of the International Biometric Society. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. As of January 2018, Tom is Emeritus Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his many statistical accomplishments, Tom is a strong advocate for professional development and a life-long lover of time on the water.

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Statist. Sci., Volume 33, Number 3 (2018), 444-457.

First available in Project Euclid: 13 August 2018

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Waller, Lance A. A Conversation with Tom Louis. Statist. Sci. 33 (2018), no. 3, 444--457. doi:10.1214/18-STS655.

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