Stephen Stigler

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Stephen Mack Stigler (born August 10, 1941) is Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor at the Department of Statistics of the University of Chicago.[1] He was born in Minneapolis.[2] His research has focused on statistical theory of robust estimators and the history of statistics. He is also known for Stigler's law of eponymy.

His father was the economist George Stigler, and he has recently[3] written on Milton Friedman, who was a friend of his father.

Stigler received his Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation was on linear functions of order statistics, and his advisor was Lucien Le Cam.

Stigler taught at University of Wisconsin–Madison until 1979 when he joined the University of Chicago. In 2006 he was elected to membership of the American Philosophical Society, and is a past president (1994) of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.


  • Stephen M. Stigler, ed. (1980). American Contributions to Mathematical Statistics in the Nineteenth Century, Volumes I & II. New York: Arno Press. 
  • The History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty before 1900. ISBN 0-674-40340-1
  • Statistics on the Table: The History of Statistical Concepts and Methods. ISBN 0-674-83601-4

Selected articles[edit]

  • Stigler, S. M. (1980). Stigler's law of eponymy. Transactions of the New York Academy of Sciences, 39: 147-58 (Merton Frestschrift Volume, F. Gieryn (ed)).
  • Stigler, Stephen M. (November 1983). "Who discovered Bayes's theorem?". The American Statistician 37 (4): 290–6. doi:10.2307/2682766. JSTOR 2682766. MR 1712969. Republished in Statistics on the table (). 
  • Stephen M. Stigler (November 1992). "A Historical View of Statistical Concepts in Psychology and Educational Research". American Journal of Education 101 (1): 60–70. doi:10.1086/444032. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Catherine Behan (May 28, 1998) 1998 Quantrell Award: Stephen Stigler University of Chicago Chronicle. 17(17).
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