Technometrics: How it all started

David M. Steinberg, Søren Bisgaard

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Technometrics, a premier journal for statistical research related to the physical and engineering sciences, was launched in 1959, under the leadership of J. Stuart Hunter, who served as an Editor of this journal from 1959 to 1963. The Chemical Division of American Society for Quality Control (ASQC) played an important role in getting Technometrics established as a journal. It was decided that the journal would be for chemists, physicists, engineers and technologists interested in the applications of statistics in their fields, and for statisticians with similar interests. Four types of articles were published including expository and review articles, papers describing a new statistical technique expected to be useful in the physical sciences, technology, etc. and articles dealing with the philosophy and problems of expectations. Stu Hunter's energy, enthusiasm, attention to detail and hard work were crucial to the successful launch of Technometrics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-7
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2008


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