A conversation with Emanuel Parzen
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Emanuel Parzen was born in New York City on April 21, 1929. He attended the Bronx High School of Science, received an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1949, an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics in 1953, also at Berkeley. He was a research scientist at Hudson Labs, Physics Department of Columbia University, from 1953 to 1956 and an Assistant Professor of Mathematical Statistics at Columbia from 1955 to 1956. In 1956, he moved to Stanford University, where he stayed until 1970, at which time he joined the faculty at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he served first as Leading Professor and Chairman of the Department of Statistics and then as Director of Statistical Science. In 1978 he moved to Texas A&M University as a Distinguished Professor, a post he currently holds. He has been a Fellow at Imperial College London, at IBM Systems Research Institute and at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, as well as a Visiting Professor at the Sloan School of MIT, the Department of Statistics at Harvard and the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard. In 1959 he married Carol Tenowitz. They have two children and four grandchildren. Professor Parzen has authored or coauthored over 100 papers and 6 books. He has served on innumerable editorial boards and national committees, and has organized several influential conferences and workshops. He has directed the research of many graduate students and provided advice, encouragement and collaboration to students and colleagues around the world. To honor these contributions, he has been elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1994, he was awarded the prestigious Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Medal by the American Statistical Association.