James Durbin

(b. 1923)

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(1923–  ; b. Wigan, England)

English statistician noted for his co–authorship of the 1950 paper introducing the Durbin–Watson statistic. Durbin's mathematical studies at Cambridge U were interrupted by the Second World War, during which he did simple statistical work. On his return to Cambridge U he concentrated on statistics, researching in econometrics. He joined the LSE in 1950 where he was Professor of Statistics from 1961 to 1988. He was awarded the Guy Medal in Silver of the RSS in 1976 and in Gold in 2008, having been President of the Society in 1986. He was President of the International Statistical Institute in 1985 and is an Honorary Life Member of the Institute.

Subjects: Probability and Statistics.

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