William S. Cleveland Becomes Shanti S. Gupta Distinguished Professor of Statistics

February,  2005


The Purdue University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of William S. Cleveland as a Shanti S. Gupta Distinguished Professor of Statistics on Friday, February 11, 2005.

Cleveland, a professor of Statistics with a courtesy appointment with the Department of Computer Sciences, joined the Purdue faculty in January, 2004 after 21 years at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J. His work in data analysis is internationally known and he has made extensive contributions to analysis of time series, nonparametric regression, statistical modeling of a variety of phenomena and statistical software development.

Professor Cleveland is especially well known for his seminal and widely influential work on data visualization. His high-impact contributions include inventing new ways to display data and inventing new ways to measure the effectiveness of displays. His development was complete in that it included the provision of programs, rapid algorithms, uncertainty measures, graphical output, and methods for checking the mathematical assumptions involved. It is in large part through his work that the importance and intellectual weight of the area of statistical graphical displays has achieved its current status in the field.

Cleveland's professorship is named for Shanti S. Gupta, founder of Purdue's Department of Statistics in 1968. Gupta was head of the Department of Statistics until 1995. He was a professor of Statistics and Mathematics at Purdue University from 1962 until his death in 2002.