|Institutions||Polytechnic of North London (1967-68)
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (1968-82)
Chinese University of Hong Kong (1982-85)
University of Kent at Canterbury(1986-99)
University of Hong Kong(1997-2004)
London School of Economics(1999-present)
|Alma mater||University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology(BSc 1966)
|Notable awards||Guy Medal (Silver, 2007)|
Howell Tong (simplified Chinese: 汤家豪; traditional Chinese: 湯家豪; pinyin: TANG JIA HAO; born 1944 in Hong Kong) is a statistician, working in the fields of nonlinear time series analysis and chaos. Since October 1, 2009, he has been an Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and was twice (2009, 2010) holder of the Saw Swee Hock Professorship of Statistics at National University of Singapore. He has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Statistics at the University of Hong Kong since 2005.
Tong went to England initially to study in 1961. He got his Bachelor of Science (1966, with first class honours), Master of Science (1969) and Doctor of Philosophy(1972) all from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) where he studied with Maurice Priestley. Tong remained in UMIST first as a lecturer and then as a senior lecturer. While in Manchester, he started his married life with Mary. In 1982, he moved to the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he was the founding Chair of Statistics. Four years later, he returned to England to be Chair of Statistics at the University of Kent at Canterbury until 1999. From 1999 to September 2009, Tong was a Chair of Statistics at the London School of Economics. Between 1997 and 2004, Tong was also Chair of Statistics and sometime Pro-Vice Chancellor and Founding Dean of the Graduate School, University of Hong Kong.
Tong was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 1993, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, England in 1999, and a Foreign Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 2000. He won the State Natural Science Prize, China in 2000. The Royal Statistical Society, UK, awarded him their Guy Medal in Silver in 2007 in recognition of his "...many important contributions to time series analysis over a distinguished career and in particular for his fundamental and highly influential paper "Threshold autoregression, limit cycles and cyclical data", read to the Society in 1980, which paved the way for a major body of work in non-linear time series modelling."
Tong has two children: Simon and Anna.
- Tong, H. (1983). Threshold Models in Non-linear Time Series Analysis. Springer Verlag. ISBN 0-387-90918-4.
- Tong, H. (1990). Non-linear Time Series: A Dynamical System Approach. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-852224-X.
- Chan, K.S. and Tong, H. (2001). Chaos: a statistical perspective. Springer Verlag.
- Tong, Howell (2001). "A Personal journey through time series in Biometrika". Biometrika 88 (Biometrika Centenary): 195–218. doi:10.1093/biomet/88.1.195.
- Tong, Howell (2001). "A Personal journey through time series in Biometrika". In D. M. Titterington and D. R. Cox. Biometrika: One Hundred Years. Oxford University Press. pp. 193–216. ISBN 0-19-850993-6.
- Honours & Awards, RSS, retrieved 2013-12-13.
- Howell Tong at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- An interview with Howell Tong (in Chinese)
- A conversation with Howell Tong and other papers
- Bruce E. Hansen (2011). "Threshold autoregression in economics" (PDF). Statistics and Its Interface 4: 123–127.