Terry Speed

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Terry Speed
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Terence Paul Speed

(1943-03-14) 14 March 1943 (age 76)[1]
Alma materMonash University (PhD)
Freda Elizabeth Pollard (m. 1964)
Scientific career
ThesisSome topics in the theory of distributive lattices (1968)
Doctoral advisorPeter D. Finch[2]
Doctoral students

Terence Paul "Terry" Speed (born 14 March 1943),[1] FAA FRS[3] is an Australian statistician. A senior principal research scientist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research,[4][5][6] he is known for his contributions to the analysis of variance and bioinformatics, and in particular to the analysis of microarray data.

Early life and education[edit]

Speed obtained a Ph.D. from Monash University in 1968 with a thesis titled Some topics in the theory of distributive lattices under the supervision of Peter D. Finch.[2][7]


Speed is currently laboratory head in the Bioinformatics division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, in Melbourne, and was head of the division until 31 August 2014. Previously, he was sharing his time between this position and the department of statistics of the University of California, Berkeley.

Speed was an expert witness at the trial for the O. J. Simpson murder case,[8] as well as an expert witness in the Imanishi-Kari case, an affair of alleged scientific misconduct which involved biologist David Baltimore.[9] Much earlier in his career, he was an expert defence witness in the 1966 trial of Ronald Ryan, the last person executed in Australia; however, his evidence that Ryan must have been at least 2.55 metres tall (he was only 1.73 metres) to fire the fatal shot failed to sway the jury.[10]

Speed has supervised at least 69 research students.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1989 Speed was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[11] Speed was president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2004.[12] In 2002, he received the Pitman medal.[13] In 2009 he was awarded a NHMRC Australia Fellowship.[14] On 30 October 2013, he received the Australian Prime Minister's Prize for Science.[15] Speed was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) of London in 2013. His nomination reads:

Personal life[edit]

Speed married Freda Elizabeth Pollard in 1964.[1]


In 2016 a former colleague and a former post-doctoral student from The University of California, Berkeley filed a complaint of sexual harassment against Speed with the infringing behavior occurring in 2002.[16][17][18] In 2018, after a conclusive finding was obtained but with the final part of the investigation stalled, one of the complainants, Lior Pachter, decided to go public with the conclusions of the investigation.[19][better source needed] As part of a settlement reached between Speed and The University of California, Berkeley, Speed resigned from the university.[20]


  1. ^ a b c d e "SPEED, Prof. Terence Paul". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Terry Speed at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ a b "Professor Terry Speed FRS". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 3 February 2015.
  4. ^ Gilad, Y.; Oshlack, A.; Smyth, G. K.; Speed, T. P.; White, K. P. (2006). "Expression profiling in primates reveals a rapid evolution of human transcription factors". Nature. 440 (7081): 242–245. doi:10.1038/nature04559. PMID 16525476.
  5. ^ Smyth, G. K.; Speed, T (2003). "Normalization of cDNA microarray data". Methods. 31 (4): 265–73. CiteSeerX doi:10.1016/s1046-2023(03)00155-5. PMID 14597310.
  6. ^ Neve, R. M.; Chin, K; Fridlyand, J; Yeh, J; Baehner, F. L.; Fevr, T; Clark, L; Bayani, N; Coppe, J. P.; Tong, F; Speed, T; Spellman, P. T.; Devries, S; Lapuk, A; Wang, N. J.; Kuo, W. L.; Stilwell, J. L.; Pinkel, D; Albertson, D. G.; Waldman, F. M.; McCormick, F; Dickson, R. B.; Johnson, M. D.; Lippman, M; Ethier, S; Gazdar, A; Gray, J. W. (2006). "A collection of breast cancer cell lines for the study of functionally distinct cancer subtypes". Cancer Cell. 10 (6): 515–27. doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2006.10.008. PMC 2730521. PMID 17157791.
  7. ^ Dudoit, Sandrine, ed. (2012). Selected Works of Terry Speed. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-1347-9. ISBN 978-1-4614-1346-2.
  8. ^ Defense witness list for the O.J. Simpson civil trial, published by USA Today.
  9. ^ Daniel Kevles (1998), The Baltimore Case: A Trial of Politics, Science, and Character. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc. 345–348.
  10. ^ Blue Mountains Gazette, 31 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2017
  11. ^ View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-11-19.
  12. ^ List of Past Executive Committee Members, on the Web site of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
  13. ^ "Pitman Medal for 2002 awarded to Terry Speed". Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics. 45: 1–4. 2003. doi:10.1111/1467-842X.00255.
  14. ^ Australia Fellowship for WEHI’s Professor Terry Speed Archived 27 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, press release by WEHI on 29 Jan 2009.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 February 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ 'Ally of women in science' Professor Terry Speed accused of harassment, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, published on 23 March 2018, retrieved on 23 March 2018
  17. ^ Statement by WEHI, on 22 January 2018, retrieved on 23 March 2018
  18. ^ Terry's statement, made on 20 January 2018, retrieved on 23 March 2018.
  19. ^ Terry Speed: a “male feminist”
  20. ^ Hermalin, B.E. Notice of Outcome (letter to Professor Pachter).

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