Howard Wainer *68 (PSY)

Distinguished Research Scientist, at the National Board of Medical Examiners (retired)
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Howard Wainer *68 P07, was on the faculty of The University of Chicago until 1977, was in Washington during the Carter administration; was Principal Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service from 1980 until 2001; was Distinguished Research Scientist at the National Board of Medical Examiners and Professor of Statistics at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 2001 until 2016. He is now in his post-employment career as statistician and author.

Dr. Wainer is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and American Educational Research Association and has been the recipient of many honors, most recently:

  • American Statistical Association’s Harry V. Roberts Statistical Advocate of the Year Award in 2019 and its Statistical Computing and Graphics Award, in 2021
  • The E. F. Lindquist Award for Outstanding Research in Testing & Measurement,
  • The Psychometric Society Lifetime Achievement Award,
  • The Samuel J. Messick Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from the American Psychological Association, and
  • The Career Achievement Award from The National Council on Measurement and Evaluation.

He has published over 450 articles and chapters and 24 books. His most recent books are Truth or Truthiness: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction by Learning to Think like a Data Scientist, which was published by Cambridge University Press and was named “top 6 books of 2016” by the Financial Times of London. And his latest book is a history of statistical graphics written in collaboration with Michael Friendly *71, entitled A History of Data Visualization and Graphic Communication and was published by Harvard University Press in June, 2021.

"By far, the most profound influence on my career was my 30+ year association with John W. Tukey *39. Professor Tukey provided a starting push while I was a student and was always available whenever I required additional guidance or encouragement. My advice to graduate students? Remember the Rule of 72."

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