Terry Speed

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Terry Speed
Terry Speed 1.jpg
Born Terence Paul Speed
(1943-03-14) 14 March 1943 (age 74)[1]
Citizenship Australia
Alma mater Monash University (PhD)
Thesis Some topics in the theory of distributive lattices (1968)
Doctoral advisor Peter D. Finch[2]
Doctoral students
  • Mary Sara McPeek
  • Jim Pitman
  • Bin Yu
  • Hongyu Zhao[2]
Notable awards
Spouse Freda Elizabeth Pollard (m. 1964)[1]

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 speed obtained a Ph.D. from Monash University in 1968 with 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]

Speed has supervised at least 67 research students.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1989 Speed was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[10] Speed was president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2004.[11] In 2002, he received the Pitman medal.[12] In 2009 he was awarded a NHMRC Australia Fellowship.[13] On 30 October 2013, he received the Australian Prime Minister's Prize for Science.[14] 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]


  1. ^ a b c d e SPEED, Prof. Terence Paul. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who. 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d Terry Speed at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ a b "Professor Terry Speed FRS". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2015-02-03. 
  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. PMID 16525476. doi:10.1038/nature04559. 
  5. ^ Smyth, G. K.; Speed, T (2003). "Normalization of cDNA microarray data". Methods (San Diego, Calif.). 31 (4): 265–73. PMID 14597310. doi:10.1016/s1046-2023(03)00155-5. 
  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. PMC 2730521Freely accessible. PMID 17157791. doi:10.1016/j.ccr.2006.10.008. 
  7. ^ Dudoit, Sandrine, ed. (2012). "Selected Works of Terry Speed". ISBN 978-1-4614-1346-2. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-1347-9. 
  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. ^ View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-11-19.
  11. ^ List of Past Executive Committee Members, on the Web site of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
  12. ^ "Pitman Medal for 2002 awarded to Terry Speed". Australian & New Zealand Journal of Statistics. 45: 1–4. 2003. doi:10.1111/1467-842X.00255. 
  13. ^ Australia Fellowship for WEHI’s Professor Terry Speed, press release by WEHI on 29 Jan 2009.
  14. ^ http://www.innovation.gov.au/science/InspiringAustralia/PrimeMinistersPrizesforScience/Recipients/2013PrizeRecipients/Pages/2013PrimeMinistersPrizeforScience.aspx

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