Herman Chernoff

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Herman Chernoff
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Herman Chernoff speaking in New York on October 6, 2015
Born (1923-07-01) July 1, 1923 (age 99)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
Known for
Scientific career
ThesisStudentization in testing of hypotheses (1948)
Doctoral advisorAbraham Wald
Notable students

Herman Chernoff (born July 1, 1923) is an American applied mathematician, statistician and physicist. He was formerly a professor at University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, Stanford, and MIT, currently emeritus at Harvard University.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Herman Chernoff's parents were Pauline and Max Chernoff, Jewish immigrants from Russia. He studied at Townsend Harris High School[2] and earned a B.S. in mathematics from the City College of New York in 1943.[3] He attended graduate school at Brown University, earning an M.Sc. in applied mathematics in 1945, and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics in 1948 under the supervision of Abraham Wald.[3][4]


Chernoff became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1974,[5] and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1980.[6] In 1987 he was selected for the Wilks Memorial Award by the American Statistical Association,[7] and in 2012 he was made an inaugural fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bather, John (1996). "A conversation with Herman Chernoff". Statistical Science. 11 (4): 335–350. doi:10.1214/ss/1032280306.
  2. ^ a b "Herman Chernoff". MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Herman Chernoff". Faculty directory. MIT. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Herman Chernoff". Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Herman Chernoff". Member Directory. American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  6. ^ "Herman Chernoff". Member directory. National Academy of Sciences.
  7. ^ "Samuel S Wilks Award of the American Statistical Association". MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.
  8. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-10

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