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[16 Jun 2001 | Comments Off on John W. Tukey (1915–2000) | ]

Foreword by Karen Kafadar
Shortly after my arrival at Princeton University as a graduate student in the fall of 1975, the chairman told me to see John Tukey “because he has some project for you to work on.” Summoning all my courage, I approached him, introduced myself, and reported the directive I’d received. Tukey broke out into a huge grin and replied, “Wait here.” He disappeared across the hall into his office and reappeared momentarily. “Read this—and then I think you will agree that we have a lot of computing to …