Robert Gentleman (statistician)

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Robert Clifford Gentleman
Born 1959 (age 54–55)[citation needed]
Institutions Genentech
University of Washington
Harvard University
The University of Auckland
Alma mater University of Washington
Thesis Exploratory methods for censored data (1988)
Doctoral advisor John James Crowley[1]
Doctoral students Beiying Ding[2]
Denise Scholtens[3]
Alain C. Vandal [4]
Known for R (programming language)
Notable awards Benjamin Franklin Award (Bioinformatics)

Robert Clifford Gentleman (born 1959) is a Canadian statistician and bioinformatician[5] currently working for Genentech.[6][7] He is recognized, along with Ross Ihaka, as one of the originators of the R programming language [8][9] and associated software packages like Bioconductor.[10][11][12]


Gentleman was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Statistics from University of Washington in 1988.[13]


Gentleman won the Benjamin Franklin Award in 2008.[14]


  1. ^ Robert Gentleman at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Ding, Beiying (2004). Methods for analyzing high dimensional data: Classification, measurement error model and graph based association measures, with applications to microarray data (PhD thesis). Harvard University. 
  3. ^ Scholtens, Denise Marie (2004). Studies in multidimensional data: Estimation of the bivariate survival curve, analysis of factorial designed microarray experiments, identification of protein complex membership (PhD thesis). Harvard University. 
  4. ^ Vandal, Alain C. (1999). Order theory and nonparametric analysis for interval censored data (PhD thesis). University of Auckland. 
  5. ^ Gentleman, R. (2005). "Reproducible Research: A Bioinformatics Case Study". Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology 4. doi:10.2202/1544-6115.1034.  edit
  6. ^ Gaudet, P.; Bairoch, A.; Field, D.; Sansone, S. -A.; Taylor, C.; Attwood, T. K.; Bateman, A.; Blake, J. A.; Bult, C. J.; Cherry, J. M.; Chisholm, R. L.; Cochrane, G.; Cook, C. E.; Eppig, J. T.; Galperin, M. Y.; Gentleman, R.; Goble, C. A.; Gojobori, T.; Hancock, J. M.; Howe, D. G.; Imanishi, T.; Kelso, J.; Landsman, D.; Lewis, S. E.; Karsch Mizrachi, I.; Orchard, S.; Ouellette, B. F. F.; Ranganathan, S.; Richardson, L.; Rocca-Serra, P. (2011). "Towards BioDBcore: A community-defined information specification for biological databases". Database 2011: baq027–baq027. doi:10.1093/database/baq027. PMC 3017395. PMID 21205783.  edit
  7. ^ Robert C. Gentleman Senior Director: Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
  8. ^ Ihaka, R.; Gentleman, R. (1996). "R: A Language for Data Analysis and Graphics". Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics 5 (3): 299–314. doi:10.2307/1390807. JSTOR 1390807.  edit
  9. ^ Ashlee Vance (6 January 2009). "R, the Software, Finds Fans in Data Analysts -". New York Times. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Gentleman, R. C.; Carey, V. J.; Bates, D. M.; Bolstad, B.; Dettling, M.; Dudoit, S.; Ellis, B.; Gautier, L.; Ge, Y.; Gentry, J.; Hornik, K.; Hothorn, T.; Huber, W.; Iacus, S.; Irizarry, R.; Leisch, F.; Li, C.; Maechler, M.; Rossini, A. J.; Sawitzki, G.; Smith, C.; Smyth, G.; Tierney, L.; Yang, J. Y.; Zhang, J. (2004). "Bioconductor: Open software development for computational biology and bioinformatics". Genome Biology 5 (10): R80. doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-10-r80. PMC 545600. PMID 15461798.  edit
  11. ^ List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
  12. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  13. ^ Gentleman, Robert Clifford (1988). Exploratory methods for censored data (PhD thesis). University of Washington. 
  14. ^