Paul Meier (statistician)

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Paul Meier
Born (1924-07-24)July 24, 1924
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died August 7, 2011(2011-08-07) (aged 87)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Oberlin College
Known for Statistics, experimental design
Scientific career
Fields Statistician
Institutions Princeton
Johns Hopkins
Univ. Chicago
Doctoral advisor John Tukey

Paul Meier (July 24, 1924 – August 7, 2011)[1] was a statistician who promoted the use of randomized trials in medicine.[2][3] He is also known for introducing, with Edward L. Kaplan, the Kaplan–Meier estimator,[4][5] a tool for measuring how many patients survive a medical treatment.[6]



  1. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (August 12, 2011), "Paul Meier, Statistician Who Revolutionized Medical Trials, Dies at 87", The New York Times 
  2. ^ David Brown (August 10, 2011). "Paul Meier, biostatistician and co-inventor of a famous graph, dies at 87". Washington Post. 
  3. ^ "Paul Meier, Obituary". The Daily Telegraph. October 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ Kaplan, E. L.; Meier, P.: Nonparametric estimation from incomplete observations. J. Amer. Statist. Assn. 53:457–481, 1958. JSTOR 2281868
  5. ^ Kaplan, E.L. in a retrospective on the seminal paper in "This week's citation classic". Current Contents 24, 14 (1983).Available from UPenn as PDF.
  6. ^ Harry M Marks (2004), "A conversation with Paul Meier" (PDF), Clinical Trials, 1: 131–138, doi:10.1191/1740774504cn011xx 

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