Jul 14, 2017

Joseph Hilbe, 1944–2017

IMS member Joseph Hilbe passed away March 12, 2017, aged 72. Known for his work in astronomy and statistics, Hilbe was also an excellent athlete, and his first doctorate was in Philosophy. His interest in astronomy led to him initiating the International Statistical Institute (ISI) Astrostatistics Interest Group, eventually becoming the International Astrostatistics Association, with Hilbe elected as its founding president. Hilbe was a fellow of the ASA and Royal Statistical Society, an elected member of the ISI, and a full member of the American Astronomical Society. From 1997–2009, he was software reviews editor for The American Statistician.

A full obituary will appear in a future issue.


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