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Special session held in honor of Peter A. W. Lewis at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meeting

On July 30, 2012, a session entitled “P. A. W. (L) Prints: A celebration of the Statistical Career of Peter A. W. Lewis” was held at the Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego CA.   Four colleagues of Peter Lewis spoke: A. J. Lawrance (University of Warwick, Great Britain), David Brillinger (University of California, Berkeley), Werner Stuetzle (University of Washington, Seattle), and Bonnie Ray (IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY).

OR Distinguished Professor Emeritus Peter A. W. Lewis (1932-2011) joined the NPS OR Department as a Professor in 1971, became Distinguished Professor in 1986 and retired in 1998 due to his battle with Parkinson's disease. Peter earned his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1964, working with Sir David Cox; prior to joining NPS, he held a number of research positions with IBM. Among his many honors, he was appointed Fellow of the International Statistical Institute in 1973, Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 1977, and Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1979.

Distinguished Professor Lewis was an internationally recognized scholar with over 100 research publications. Professionally, he is remembered for contributions to the theory and application of statistical methodology for point processes, for non-Gaussian/non-linear time series modeling, for simulation methodology and as an early proponent of statistical computing. He is also remembered as a kind and generous friend.

Click each author's name below to see their presentations.
A. J. Lawrance is Professor in the Statistics Department of the University of Warwick, Great Britain and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He visited the Naval Postgraduate School several times to work with Peter Lewis. They have co-authored papers on non-Gaussian time series. He talked about Peter Lewis’ early and middle years. He included some photographs obtained from Peter Lewis’ twin sister Pamela.

David Brillinger is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Statistical Association, and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He holds honorary doctorates from Waterloo and McMaster Universities. He has known Peter Lewis for many years and shares an interest in time series and point processes. He discussed Peter Lewis’ work in point processes.

Werner Stuetzle is Divisional Dean of Natural Sciences, Professor of Statistics, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington at Seattle. He discussed the computing revolution that occurred during Peter Lewis’ career in statistics.

Bonnie Ray is Senior Manager, Data and Decision Analytics, Business Analytics and Math Sciences, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center at Yorktown Heights NY. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and holds nine patents. Peter Lewis served as her National Research Council advisor at the Naval Postgraduate School. They met at IBM while Bonnie was completing her PhD at Columbia University. She discussed Peter Lewis’ later work on nonparametric time series models. She is a coauthor of the last paper Peter Lewis published.

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