Martin Wilk

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Martin Wilk
Chief Statistician of Canada
In office
Preceded by James L. Fry (interim)
Succeeded by Ivan Fellegi
Personal details
Born (1922-12-18)18 December 1922
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died 19 February 2013(2013-02-19) (aged 90)
Yorba Linda, California
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater

Martin Bradbury Wilk, OC (18 December 1922 – 19 February 2013)[1] was a Canadian statistician, academic, and the former Chief Statistician of Canada. In 1965, together with Samuel Shapiro, he developed the Shapiro–Wilk test, which can indicate whether a sample of numbers would be unusual if it came from a Gaussian distribution. With Ramanathan Gnanadesikan he developed a number of important graphical techniques for data analysis, including the Q–Q plot and P–P plot.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, he received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in 1945. From 1945 to 1950, he was a Research Chemical Engineer on the Atomic Energy Project at the National Research Council of Canada. From 1951 to 1955, he was a Research Associate, Instructor, and Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, where he received a Master of Science in Statistics in 1953 and a Ph.D. in Statistics in 1955. From 1955 to 1957, he was a Research Associate and Assistant Director of the Statistical Techniques Research Group at Princeton University. From 1959 to 1963, he was a Professor and Director of Research in Statistics at Rutgers University.

In 1956, he joined Bell Telephone Laboratories and in 1970 joined American Telephone and Telegraph Company. From 1976 to 1980, he was the Assistant Vice President-Director of Corporate Planning. From 1980 to 1985, he was the Chief Statistician of Canada.

In 1981, he was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Statistics at Carleton University.

In 1962 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[2] In 1999, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his "insightful guidance on important matters related to our country's national statistical system".[3]

See also[edit]

  • Wilk – people with the surname Wilk


  1. ^ Lennick, Michael (10 April 2013). "Martin Wilk remembered as 'the best statistician in Canada's history'". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  2. ^ View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-07-23.
  3. ^ Order of Canada citation