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Stephen Fienberg: Superman of statistics

  1. Larry Wassermana,1
  1. aCarnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Stephen E. Fienberg died on December 14, 2016 after a 4-year battle with cancer. He was husband to Joyce, father to Anthony and Howard, grandfather to six, brother to Lorne, mentor, teacher, and a prolific researcher. Most of all, he was a tireless promoter of the idea that the field of statistics could be a force of good for science and, more broadly, for society.

Stephen E. Fienberg. Image courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University.

Steve was born in Toronto in 1942. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of Toronto in 1964 he went on to earn a PhD in statistics at Harvard, which he completed in 1968. After stints at the University of Chicago and the University of Minnesota, he landed in the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon in 1980, where he stayed for the rest of his career, except for two years when he served as vice president at York University. He wore …

?1Email: larry{at}stat.cmu.edu.

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