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A Conversation with Dick Dudley

Vladimir Koltchinskii, Richard Nickl, and Philippe Rigollet

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Richard Mansfield Dudley (Dick Dudley) was born in 1938. He received the A.B. from Harvard in 1952 and the Ph.D. from Princeton in 1962 (under the supervision of Gilbert Hunt and Edward Nelson). Following an appointment at UC Berkeley as an assistant professor, he joined the Department of Mathematics at MIT in 1967. Dick Dudley has made fundamental contributions to the theory of Gaussian processes and Probability in Banach Spaces. Among his major achievements is the development of a general framework for empirical processes theory, in particular, for uniform central limit theorems. These results have had and continue having tremendous impact in contemporary statistics and in mathematical foundations of machine learning. A more extensive biographical sketch is contained in the preface to the Selected works of R. M. Dudley (editors: E. Giné, V. Koltchinskii and R. Norvaisa) published in 2010.

This conversation took place (mostly, via email) in the fall of 2017.

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Statist. Sci., Volume 34, Number 1 (2019), 169-175.

First available in Project Euclid: 12 April 2019

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Koltchinskii, Vladimir; Nickl, Richard; Rigollet, Philippe. A Conversation with Dick Dudley. Statist. Sci. 34 (2019), no. 1, 169--175. doi:10.1214/18-STS678.

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