This conversation began in June 2015 in the Department of Statistics at Columbia University during Lai’s visit to his alma mater where he celebrated his seventieth birthday. It continued in the subsequent years at Columbia and Stanford. Lai was born on June 28, 1945, in Hong Kong, where he grew up and attended The University of Hong Kong, receiving his B.A. degree (First Class Honors) in Mathematics in 1967. He went to Columbia University in 1968 for graduate study in statistics and received his Ph.D. degree in 1971. He stayed on the faculty at Columbia and was appointed Higgins Professor of Mathematical Statistics in 1986. A year later he moved to Stanford, where he is currently Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Statistics, and by courtesy, also of Biomedical Data Science and Computational and Mathematical Engineering. He is a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Statistical Association and an elected member of Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He was the third recipient of the COPSS Award which he won in 1983. He has been married to Letitia Chow since 1975, and they have two sons and two grandchildren.
"A Conversation with Tze Leung Lai." Statist. Sci. 36 (1) 158 - 167, February 2021. https://doi.org/10.1214/20-STS775