|Leo A. Goodman|
August 7, 1928 |
New York City
|Institutions||University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley|
|Alma mater||Syracuse University, Princeton University|
|Doctoral advisor||Samuel S. Wilks, John Tukey|
|Known for||Social statistics, Goodman and Kruskal's lambda, Goodman and Kruskal's gamma|
|Notable awards||R. A. Fisher Lectureship (1968)
Wilks Memorial Award (1985)
Leo A. Goodman is the Class of 1938 Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. He is an elected member of each of the three main learned societies in the U.S.: The National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is also the recipient of various other honors and awards from the American Statistical Association (AStatA), the American Sociological Association (ASocA), and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), including the Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Medal (presented by the AStatA), the Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award (presented by the ASocA), the Henry L. Rietz Lectureship (presented by the IMS), and the inaugural Otis Dudley Duncan Lectureship presented by the American Sociological Association Methodology Section. He has also received the Samuel A. Stouffer Methodology Award (presented by the ASocA), and the R.A. Fisher Lectureship from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies. The University of Michigan conferred the honorary degree Doctor of Science on him, and another honorary degree was also conferred on him by Syracuse University. He has received a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation, and he has also received other awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Sciences Foundation. In 2005 the American Sociological Association Methodology Section established the Leo A. Goodman Award to recognize contributions to sociological methodology, and/or innovative uses of sociological methodology, made by a scholar who is no more than fifteen years past the Ph.D.
The Doctor of Science degree conferred on him by the University of Michigan was for "his major contributions to statistics and social and behavioral sciences, and in particular for his development of new methods for the analysis of survey data as a sophisticated branch of statistical science ... . He has had a profound impact on methods of statistical analysis used in the social and behavioral sciences. In particular, he has had a most important role in elevating the analysis of survey data from an art form to a rigorous branch of statistical science, particularly in sociology, by providing a set of interrelated statistical tools that enable researchers to examine qualitative/categorical data with scientific rigor. His introduction and further development of these and related tools led to revolutionary changes in the methods now used in social science research involving categorical data."
He was born in New York City in 1928, and he graduated from Syracuse University in 1948 with an A.B. degree, summa cum laude, in mathematics and sociology. He went on to pursue graduate studies in mathematics, with an emphasis on mathematical statistics, in the Mathematics Department at Princeton University, and in 1950 he was awarded the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees there. He then became a faculty member at the University of Chicago in the Statistics Department and the Sociology Department, and he served there as the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor from 1970 to 1987. He was also a research associate at the University of Chicago Population Research Center from 1967 to 1987. Starting in 1987, he became a faculty member in the Sociology Department and the Statistics Department at the University of California at Berkeley where he is the Class of 1938 Professor. He was at Cambridge University in 1953-54 and 1959-60 as a Visiting Professor at Clare College and in the Statistical Laboratory at the university, and at Columbia University in 1960-61 as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Mathematical Statistics. He was also at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, in Stanford, California in 1984-85.
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