John McKinley Chambers
|Alma mater||University of Toronto (BS)|
Harvard University (MA, PhD)
|Known for||R programming language|
Chambers started at Bell Laboratories in 1966 as a member of its technical staff. From 1981 to 1983, he was the head of its Advanced Software Department and from 1983 to 1989 he was the head of its Statistics and Data Analysis Research Department. In 1989, he moved back to full-time research and in 1995, he became a distinguished member of the technical staff. In 1997, he was made the first Fellow of Bell Labs and was cited for "pioneering contributions to the field of statistical computing". He remained a distinguished member of the technical staff and a Fellow until his retirement from Bell Labs in 2005.
After retiring from Bell Labs, Chambers became a visiting professor at the University of Auckland, University of California, Los Angeles and Stanford University. Since 2008, he has been active at Stanford, currently serving as Senior Advisor of its data science program and an adjunct professor in Stanford's Department of Statistics.
Chambers is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
Awards and accomplishments
Chambers has received the following awards:
- 1998, awarded the ACM Software System Award for developing the S programming language. The award was presented on May 15, 1999.
- 2004, awarded an honorary Doctor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo
John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award
Following his 1998 ACM Software System Award, Chambers donated his prize money (US$10,000) to the American Statistical Association to endow an award for novel statistical software, the John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award.
- Chambers, John M. (1977). Computational methods for data analysis. New York: Wiley. ISBN 0-471-02772-3.
- Chambers, John M. (1983). Graphical methods for data analysis. Belmont, Calif: Wadsworth International Group. ISBN 0-534-98052-X.
- Chambers, John M. (1984). Compstat lectures: lectures in computational statistics. Heidelberg: Physica. ISBN 3-7051-0006-8.
- Becker, R.A.; Chambers, J.M. (1984). S: An Interactive Environment for Data Analysis and Graphics. Pacific Grove, CA, USA: Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole. ISBN 0-534-03313-X.
- Becker, R.A.; Chambers, J.M. (1985). Extending the S System. Pacific Grove, CA, USA: Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole. ISBN 0-534-05016-6.
- Becker, R.A.; Chambers, J.M.; Wilks, A.R. (1988). The New S Language: A Programming Environment for Data Analysis and Graphics. Pacific Grove, CA, USA: Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole. ISBN 0-534-09192-X.
- Chambers, J.M.; Hastie, T.J. (1991). Statistical Models in S. Pacific Grove, CA, USA: Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole. p. 624. ISBN 0-412-05291-1.
- Chambers, John M. (1998). Programming with data: a guide to the S language. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 0-387-98503-4.
- Chambers, John M. (2008). Software for data analysis programming with R. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-75935-7.
- Chambers, John M. (2016). Extending R. Florida: Chapman and Hall/CRC. p. 382. ISBN 978-1498775717.
- "ACM honors Dr. John M. Chambers of Bell Labs with the 1998 ACM Software System Award for creating "S System" software". Association for Computing Machinery. September 21, 2008. Archived from the original on August 27, 2015. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
- "John M. Chambers - Vitae". Bell Laboratories. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011.
- "John M. Chambers - Vitae". Stanford University. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
- Stanford University Department of Statistics Page for John M. Chambers. Accessed January 16, 2010.
- "John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award. ASA Statistics Computing and Graphics".