Statistician Tony Greenfield dies


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 20 March 2019
  • Copyright: Image appears copyright of Lance Mitchell

Wiley is sad to announce that statistician Professor Tony Greenfield has died. Professor Greenfield, an author and research consultant in business and industrial statistics co-wrote three books with Wiley, Design and Analyse Your Experience using MINITAB, Statistical Practice in Business and Industry, and Research Methods for Postgraduates, whose third edition was published in 2016, as well as Statistics in Engineering: With Examples in MATLAB and R for CRC Press and The Pocket Statistician: A Practical Guide to Quality Improvement for Hodder Arnold.

Professor Greenfield was formerly the Head of Process Computing and Statistics at the British Iron and Steel Research Association, Sheffield, and Professor of Medical Computing and Statistics at Queen's University, Belfast. He began his career as a journalist, working on the Sunday Express and Sunday Mirror before turning to technical journalism for ten years. It was this training in journalism that led to him becoming a pioneer in addressing issues of communication in statistics.

He was also was a visiting professor to the Industrial Statistics Research Unit of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and to the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, as well as developer of WinDEX, MetaGen and Aluminum Wheels Simulator.

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He retired at the age of 80 but continued to play an active role in societies including the Royal Statistical Society where he was the first editor of the RSS News and Past President of the European Network of Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS).

Amongst his many awards were the Chambers Medal for Outstanding Services to the Royal Statistical Society, the George Box Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Industrial Statistics awarded by ENBIS and the William G Hunter Award by the American Society for Quality for the creative development and application of statistical techniques to problem-solving in the quality field.

He established the Greenfield Industrial Medal at the Royal Statistical Society which is awarded on a yearly basis for contributions to the effective application of statistical methods to the manufacturing and allied industries as well as the Greenfield Challenge with ENBIS for efforts to reach out to a non-statistical audience and inspire them about the work successfully completed by statistics. Statistics Views had the honour of winning the Greenfield Challenge in 2015.

In a tribute for his 85th birthday during ENBIS 2016 in Sheffield, Professor Greenfield was described by Ron Kenett, Chairman of the KPA Group in two words: 'Visionary' and 'communicator''.

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