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This Month in ASA’s History–June

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R. A. Fisher, Galton Professor at University College, University of London, accepted an offer to be visiting professor of experimental statistics at North Carolina State College from June 16 to July 25, 1941. Gertrude Cox, head of the department, also invited several other leaders in various fields of applied statistics to come to the college that summer and assist in conducting special courses and conferences.


On June 19, 1941, the ASA board decided that all members of the association in good standing who were noncommissioned members of the armed forces should be maintained without payment of dues for that year. This step was taken to relieve the younger members of the profession, while in their country’s service, of the financial strain of membership while permitting them to maintain their membership.


A special scientific meeting was held to celebrate the career and professional accomplishments of Samuel Greenhouse at the Lister Hill Conference Center, National Institutes of Health.


On June 13, 2002, C. R. Rao received the National Medal of Science. Established by Congress in 1959, the National Medal of Science honors individuals for pioneering scientific research that has enhanced our basic understanding of life and the world around us. Several other ASA members—including John Tukey (1973), Brad Efron (2007), and S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan (2011)—also have been honored with the medal.


The ASA moved from Duke Street to Washington Street in Alexandria, Virginia. “The new headquarters, with facilities to more adequately meet the association’s current and future needs, will be greatly appreciated by members and staff for many years to come,” said Ray Waller, past ASA executive director.

Famous June Birthdays

Aleksandr Mikhailovich Lyapunov, John Tukey, Samuel S. Wilks, Waloddi Weibull, Raj Chandra Bose, P. C. Mahalanobis

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