John Chambers (statistician)

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John McKinley Chambers is the creator of the S programming language, and core member of the R programming language project. He was awarded the 1998 ACM Software System Award for developing S.[1] He donated his prize money (US$10,000) to the American Statistical Association to endow an award for novel statistical software.[2]

Chambers is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.[3]

He was a Consulting Professor of Statistics at Stanford University.[4] He received a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Statistics from Harvard University.[5]


  • 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.