Statistician John W. Tukey dies

July 28, 2000 9:42 a.m.

John Wilder Tukey , an emeritus Princeton professor considered to be one of the most important contributors to modern statistics, died Wednesday. He was 85.

Tukey developed many important tools of modern statistics and introduced concepts that were central to the creation of today's telecommunications technologies. In addition to his formidable research achievements, Tukey was known for his penchant for coining terms that reflected new ideas and techniques in the sciences and is credited with introducing the computer science terms "bit" (short for binary digit) and "software."

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Obituary in July 28 New York Times

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