Graham Neil Wilkinson

Graham Neil Wilkinson died on 7th September 2016 aged 89. He was an early leader in Statistical Computing having spent much of the 1960s and early 1970s developing and implementing, in conjunction with John Nelder, a unique and incredibly powerful algorithm for ANOVA in the groundbreaking general statistical analysis package GenStat. Having worked in Australia from 1950 to 1970, with a visit to the University of Wisconsin in 1968-9, he worked at Rothamsted Experiment Station from 1971 to 1975. This was followed by positions at Queens University, Ontario, Bell Laboratories at Murray Hill, NJ, and the University of Wisconsin, and he returned to Australia in 1978. He was awarded the Guy medal in Bronze by the Royal Statistical Society in 1974, was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1984, and received the Pitman medal from the Statistical Society of Australia in 2000. As all who knew him can testify, Graham was passionate and energetic about statistics and was a kind and considerate man who had a sense of fun and enjoyed life. For more information see the Pitman medal citation in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics 2001, 43(1), 1-3.


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