Deming, W. Edwards (William Edwards), 1900-1993

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Statistician and educator; died 1993.

From the description of W. Edwards Deming papers, 1795-1994 (bulk 1930-1993). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70983563

Biographical Note

  • 1900, Oct. 14: Born, Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1921: B.S., electrical engineering, University of Wyoming,Laramie, Wyo.
  • 1922 - 1924 : Assistant professor of physics, Colorado School of Mines,Golden, Colo.
  • 1922: Married Agnes Bell (died 1930)
  • 1924: M.S., mathematics and mathematical physics, University of Colorado,Boulder, Colo.
  • 1924 - 1925 : Assistant professor of physics, University of Colorado,Boulder, Colo.
  • 1925 - 1927 : Instructor in physics, Yale University,New Haven, Conn.
  • 1927 - 1939 : Mathematical physicist, Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, Agriculture Department
  • 1928: Ph.D., mathematics and mathematical physics, Yale University,New Haven, Conn.
  • 1930 - 1944 : Special lecturer, National Bureau of Standards
  • 1932: Married Lola Shupe (died 1986)
  • 1935 - 1953 : Head, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Graduate School, Agriculture Department
  • 1936: Studied under Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher and Jerzy Neyman at University College,London, England
  • 1938: Published Some Notes on Least Squares (Washington, D.C.: Graduate School, Department of Agriculture. 181 pp.)
  • 1939 - 1945 : Head mathematician and advisor in sampling, Bureau of the Census
  • 1940 - 1950 : Consultant to secretary of war and secretary of defense
  • 1942 - 1944 : Taught statistical quality control courses to defense supply industries
  • 1942 - 1953 : Advisor for sampling, Bureau of the Budget
  • 1943: Published Statistical Adjustment of Data (New York: John Wiley and Sons. 261 pp.)
  • 1946 - 1993 : New York, N.Y. New York City Chelsea New York Professor of statistics, Graduate School of Business Administration, New York University,New York, N.Y. Consultant in statistical studies for industry
  • 1947: Advisor for sampling techniques, Supreme Command of the Allied Powers,Tokyo, Japan
  • 1947 - 1952 : Member, United Nations Subcommission on Statistical Sampling
  • 1950: Japan Japan Creation of the Deming Prize in Japan Lecturer, Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers Published Some Theory of Sampling (New York: John Wiley and Sons. 602 pp.)
  • 1955: Awarded Shewhart Medal, American Society for Quality Control
  • 1960: Japan Japan Decorated, Second Order of the Sacred Treasure,Japan Published Sample Design in Business Research (New York: John Wiley and Sons. 517 pp.)
  • 1980: Television broadcast of National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) documentary If Japan Can, Why Can't We? featuring Deming
  • 1980 - 1993 : Lectured on management principles to corporate and management personnel
  • 1982: Published Quality, Productivity, and Competitive Position (Cambridge, Mass.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Engineering Study. 373 pp.)
  • 1986: Published Out of the Crisis (Cambridge, Mass.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Engineering Study. 505 pp.)
  • 1987: Awarded National Medal of Technology by President Ronald Reagan
  • 1993: Published The New Economics for Industry, Government, Education (Cambridge, Mass.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Engineering Study. 240 pp.)
  • 1993, Dec. 20: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the W. Edwards Deming Papers, 1795-1994, (bulk 1930-1993), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Petersen, Peter B. Papers, 1984-1987. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf W. Edwards Deming Papers, 1795-1994, (bulk 1930-1993) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Kenneth J. Arrow Papers, 1939-2011 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Beams, Jesse W. (Jesse Wakefield), 1898-1977. Papers of Jesse W. Beams [manuscript], 1926-1977. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Mark, Mary Louise, b. 1878. Papers 1903-1972. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Tukey, John W., 1915-2000. John W. Tukey Papers, 1937-2000 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Latham, Earl. Papers, 1935-1973. Univerisity of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.
referencedIn Paul K. Perry Papers, undated, 1920-1987 Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
correspondedWith Aitken, A. C. (Alexander Craig), 1895- person
associatedWith American Statistical Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Arrow, Kenneth J., 1921- person
correspondedWith Barnard, George A. (George Alfred) person
associatedWith Beams, Jesse W. (Jesse Wakefield), 1898-1977. person
associatedWith Bell Telephone Laboratories. corporateBody
correspondedWith Birge, Raymond T. (Raymond Thayer), b. 1887 person
correspondedWith Dodge, Harold French, b. 1893 person
correspondedWith Drucker, Peter F. (Peter Ferdinand), 1909-2005 person
correspondedWith Eisenhart, Churchill person
correspondedWith Fisher, Ronald Aylmer, Sir, 1890-1962 person
associatedWith George Washington University corporateBody
correspondedWith Gingrich, Newt person
correspondedWith Gingrich, Newt person
associatedWith Graduate School, USDA corporateBody
correspondedWith Iacocca, Lee A. person
correspondedWith Ishikawa, Ichirō person
correspondedWith Ishikawa, Ichirō person
correspondedWith Juran, J. M. (Joseph M.), 1904-2008 person
correspondedWith Kendall, Maurice G. (Maurice George), 1907-1983 person
correspondedWith Koyanagi, Ken'ichi person
associatedWith Latham, Earl. person
correspondedWith Lidstone, Gregory person
correspondedWith Mahalanobis, P. C. (Prasanta Chandra), 1893-1972 person
associatedWith Mark, Mary Louise, b. 1878. person
correspondedWith Nehru, Jawaharlal, 1889-1964 person
associatedWith New York University corporateBody
correspondedWith Neyman, Jerzy, 1894-1981 person
associatedWith Nikkagiren. corporateBody
associatedWith Nikkagiren. corporateBody
correspondedWith Pearson, E. S. (Egon Sharpe), 1895-1980 person
correspondedWith Pearson, Karl, 1857-1936 person
correspondedWith Perot, H. Ross, 1930- person
associatedWith Perry, Paul K. person
associatedWith Petersen, Peter B. person
correspondedWith Provine, William B. person
correspondedWith Quayle, Dan, 1947- person
correspondedWith Reagan, Ronald person
correspondedWith Reich, Robert B. person
correspondedWith Reich, Robert B. person
correspondedWith Shewhart, Walter A. (Walter Andrew), 1891-1967 person
correspondedWith Sukhatme, Pandurang Vasudeo, 1911- person
correspondedWith Tippett, L. H. C. (Leonard Henry Caleb), 1902- person
correspondedWith Tukey, John Wilder, 1915- person
associatedWith United States. Bureau of the Budget. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Bureau of the Census. corporateBody
correspondedWith Wallis, W. Allen (Wilson Allen), 1912- person
correspondedWith Wishart, John, 1898-1956 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Great Britain
Great Britain
Freight and freightage
Quality control
Telephone companies


Birth 1900-10-14

Death 1993-12-20





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