Nan Laird

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Nan Laird
Born
Nan McKenzie Laird

(1943-09-18) September 18, 1943 (age 78)
Alma materHarvard University
Known forExpectation-maximization algorithm,
DerSimonian-Laird estimator
Awards(2021) International Prize in Statistics (2016) 25th Annual Distinguished Statistician Lecture from UCONN, the American Statistical Association and Pfizer, (2011) 25th Annual Lowell Reed Lecturer from the American Public Health Association, (2011) Samuel S. Wilks Award, from the American Statistical Association
Scientific career
InstitutionsHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
ThesisLog-linear models with random parameters: an empirical Bayes approach (1975)
Doctoral advisorArthur P. Dempster[1]
Doctoral studentsChristl Donnelly,[1] Rebecca DerSimonian, Fong Wang Clow, Joseph W. Hogan, Garrett M. Fitzmaurice, Nicholas J. Horton, Stephen Lake and Steve Horvath
Websitewww.hsph.harvard.edu/nan-laird/ Edit this at Wikidata

Nan McKenzie Laird (born September 18, 1943) is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of Public Health, Emerita in Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She served as Chair of the Department from 1990 to 1999. She was the Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Biostatistics from 1991 to 1999. Laird is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, as well as the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. She is a member of the International Statistical Institute.[2][3]

Education[edit]

Laird began her studies at Rice University in 1961 before earning a BA from the University of Georgia in 1969.[4]She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1975 under Arthur Dempster.[1] She remained at Harvard until her retirement, when she became an emeritus professor.

Career and research[edit]

Laird is well known for many seminal papers in biostatistics applications and methods, including the Expectation-maximization algorithm.

Selected publications[edit]

  • DerSimonian, R.; Laird, N. (1986), "Meta-analysis in clinical trials", Controlled Clinical Trials, 7 (3): 177–188, doi:10.1016/0197-2456(86)90046-2, PMID 3802833
  • Laird NM and Ware, JH. (1982) "Random effects models for longitudinal data: an overview of recent results". Biometrics,; 38:963-974.
  • Dempster, A. P.; Laird, N.; Rubin, D. B. (1977), "Maximum likelihood from incomplete data via the EM algorithm", Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, 39 (1): 1–38, JSTOR 2984875

Honors and awards[edit]

Her honors include the third International Prize in Statistics in 2021,[5] the 25th Annual Distinguished Statistician Lecture from the University of Connecticut, the American Statistical Association and Pfizer in 2016, the 25th Annual Lowell Reed Lecturer, from the American Public Health Association in 2011, the Samuel S. Wilks Award, from the American Statistical Association in 2011, the Myra Samuels Lecturer award from Purdue University in 2004, the Janet L. Norwood Award in 2003 from the American Statistical Association, the Florence Nightingale David Award in 2001 from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies, and several other fellowships.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Nan Laird at the Mathematics Genealogy Project Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Page 1 SCASA's 2006 Workshop in Applied Statistics" (PDF). sc-asa.org. Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2008-07-14.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Nan Laird[permanent dead link] at ISI Web of Knowledge
  4. ^ "International prize in statistics awarded to Nan Laird for longitudinal study methods". American Statistical Association. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  5. ^ "International prize in statistics awarded to Nan Laird for longitudinal study methods". EurekAlert. American Statistical Association.