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John F. MacGregor
John F. MacGregor statistician.jpg
Residence Ontario,Canada
Doctoral advisor George E. P. Box
Notable awards Shewhart Medal (1997)

John Frederick MacGregor (b. 1943 in Ontario, Canada) is a statistician whose work in the field of statistical process control has received significant recognition. His pioneering work was in the area of latent variable/multivariate analysis (MVA) methods (principal components analysis and partial least squares) applied to industrial processes.



He received his PhD degree in Statistics, and his M.S. degrees in both Statistics and in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and his Bachelor of Engineering degree from McMaster University in Canada. At Wisconsin, he worked under the statistician George EP Box.

Honours and Awards[edit]

MacGregor is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and has received many awards for his work in applied statistics and chemometrics, among them, the prestigious Shewhart Medal and the W.G. Hunter Award from the American Society for Quality, and the Herman Wold Medal from the Swedish Chemical Society. The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering dedicated the October 2008 edition to MacGregor in celebration of his 65th birthday.[1]

He holds the title of “Distinguished University Professor”[2] (the highest honor awarded to faculty at McMaster University)[3] as well as the Dofasco Chair in Process Automation and Information Technology at McMaster University. He is a cofounder of the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium that is sponsored by many international companies.

Industrial and Entrepreneurial Activities[edit]

In 2002, MacGregor established ProSensus Inc., a company that he spun off from the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium and incorporated in 2004. MacGregor continues to consult and teach courses through ProSensus.


  1. ^ Harris, Thomas (October 2008). "Preamble for special issue honouring John F. MacGregor". The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering 86 (5): 813–814. doi:10.1002/cjce.20102. 
  2. ^ University Secretariat (December 1, 2011). "". McMaster University. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  3. ^ University Secretariat (March 14, 2007). "Distinguished University Professors". McMaster University. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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