Stephen Stigler

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Stephen M. Stigler
Born (1941-08-10) August 10, 1941 (age 75)
Fields History of statistics
Alma mater Carleton College (BA)
University of California (PhD)
Thesis Linear Functions of Order Statistics (1967)
Doctoral advisor Lucien Le Cam
Doctoral students
  • Alan Agresti
  • William Davis
  • Hermann Habermann
  • Lee-Jen Wei
  • Annick Dion
  • Robert Kass
  • Xiaojing Xiang
  • Sangun Park
  • Berna Eden
  • Debra Daugherty
  • Shirley Martin
Known for Stigler's law of eponymy, History of statistics

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]


Stigler was born in Minneapolis.[2] He 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. 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.

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.

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



  • The History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty before 1900. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1986. ISBN 978-0-6744-0341-3. 
  • Statistics on the Table: The History of Statistical Concepts and Methods. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-6740-0979-0. 
  • The Seven Pillars of Statistical Wisdom. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2016. ISBN 978-0-6740-8891-7. 
As editor
  • Stigler, S. M. (1980). American Contributions to Mathematical Statistics in the Nineteenth Century (2 Vols.). New York: Arno Press. ISBN 978-0-4051-2590-4. 
  • Stigler, S. M.; Wong, W. H.; Xu, D. (2002). R. R. Bahadur's Lectures on the Theory of Estimation (Lecture Notes-Regional Monograph Series, Vol. 39). Beachwood, OH: Institute for Mathematical Statistics. ISBN 978-0-9406-0053-9. 

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