Wally Smith (mathematician)
November 12, 1926 |
|Institutions||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
|Thesis||Stochastic Sequences of Events (1954)|
|Doctoral advisor||Henry Daniels
|Notable awards||Adams Prize (1960)
He was born in London.
Smith received his BSc in mathematics (1947) from Cambridge University, going on to earn an M.Sc. (1951) and PhD (1953) from the same university. His dissertation was entitled Stochastic Sequences of Events advised by Henry Daniels and D. R. Cox, with whom he published the book Queues (1961) and also published with in his early years.  He worked at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (1954–56 and 1958–), where he is now an emeritus in the department of statistics and operations research. He is fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, fellow of the American Statistical Association (1966), winner of the Adams Prize at the University of Cambridge (1960), Sir Winston Churchill overseas fellow and receiver of a Guggenheim Fellowship (see List of Guggenheim Fellowships awarded in 1974)
- The superimposition of several strictly periodic sequences of events, in Biometrika, 40(?), 1953. With Cox.
- A direct proof of a fundamental theorem of renewal theory, in Skandinavisk Aktuartidsskrift, 36(?), 1953
- On the superposition of renewal processes, in Biometrika, 41(1–2):91–99, 1954. With Cox.
- A note on truncation and sufficient statistics in The Annals of Mathematical Statistics, 28(1):247–252, 1957
- On the distribution of Tribolium confusum in a container, in Biometrika, 44(?), 1957. With Cox.
- Renewal theory and its ramafications, in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, 20(2):243–302, 1958
- On the elementary renewal theorem for non-identically distributed variables, in Pacific Journal of Mathematics, 14(2):673–699, 1964
- Congestion Theory, Proceedings of the Symposium on Congestion Theory, The University of North Carolina Monograph Series in Probability and Statistics., 1965. With William E. Wilkinson (editors).
- Necessary conditions for almost sure extinction of a branching process with random environment, Annals of Mathematical Statistics,. 39(?):2136–2140, 1968
- Branching processes in Markovian environments in Duke Mathematical Journal 38(4):749–763, 1971. With William E. Wilkinson
- Harold Hotelling 1895–1973 in The Annals of Statistics, 6(6):1173–1183, 1978
- On transient regenerative processes in Journal of Applied Probability, 23(?):52–70, 1986. With E. Murphree.