Person: Kiefer (2), Jack Carl
Jack Kiefer was an American mathematical statistician who worked in the optimal design of experiments and other topics in mathematical statistics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- After a break of three years he returned to MIT in the spring of 1946 but it was not clear at this stage in which area Kiefer wanted to make a career.
- The theatre was one of Kiefer's passions and he had the opportunity at MIT to become involved in writing, directing and producing plays.
- By the way, Jack was really torn between show biz and statistics.
- After graduating Kiefer attended a summer school at Berkeley where courses of lectures were given by Michel Loève and Abraham Wald.
- Kiefer moved to Cornell as an instructor in the Department of Mathematics and continued working for his doctorate with Wolfowitz.
- After Kiefer was awarded his doctorate in 1952 he was promoted at Cornell from an instructor to as assistant professor.
- Jack aspired at one time to become a proficient pianist.
- In July 1973 Kiefer was elected the first Horace White Professor at Cornell University, a position he held until 1979 when he retired and joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley.
- Kiefer's main research area was the optimal design of experiments, and about half his 100 publications dealt with that topic.
- A paper Sequential minimax search for a maximum which Kiefer published in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society in 1953 was based on his master's thesis.
- Let us note a few other examples of Kiefer's work.
- In this paper Kiefer generalised the notions of a balanced incomplete block design and a Youden square, to the balanced block design and generalized Youden square.
- Another important paper Optimum designs in regression problems, which Kiefer wrote in collaboration with Wolfowitz, appeared in 1959.
- In 1980 Kiefer went to China as part of Berkeley's China Exchange Program.
- Kiefer received many honours.
- Jack was unbelievably humble, especially for a man of his stature.
- Jack was very critical.
- Kiefer's suffered for many years from an arthritic hip condition which by 1971 saw him severely disabled.
- Jack's friends at Cornell felt similarly.
- In 1987, six years after his death, Kiefer's Introduction to statistical inference was published.
Born 25, Jan 1924, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Died 10, Aug 1981, Berkeley, California, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive