MENDOTA HEIGHTS, MN, September 22, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Christopher "Kit" Bingham, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Bingham celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
During six years spent earning his 1964 Mathematics PhD at Yale University, Dr. Bingham served as a research fellow in the Soils and Climatology department of Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station where, among other things, he began a long side-specialty of statistical computer programming on an IBM 650. His thesis on a topic in the statistical analysis of directional data introduced a new tool, subsequently called the Bingham distribution, which is still in use today in such areas as robotics and computer vision. He spent two post-doctorate years as a Research Associate in Mathematics and Biology at Princeton University working with John W. Tukey and Colin Pittendrigh where he did research on time series analysis and chronobiology (the study of biological rhythms) and continued statistical programming. In 1966 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Statistics at the University of Chicago, where he continued work on time series analysis and statistical programming, some of it in the Biological Science Computer Center. In 1972 he was recruited by the newly formed School of Statistics at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where he spent the remainder of his career as a Professor of Applied Statistics. During his tenure, Dr. Bingham taught a variety of courses an all levels. These included introductory courses in statistical methods and graduate level courses in regression analysis, design of experiments, applied multivariate methods, directional data analysis and time series analysis. After more than 40 years in the field of statistics, Dr. Bingham retired in 2008 and became a Professor Emeritus.
Throughout his career at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Bingham continued research on time series analysis, directional data analysis and statistical computing. He co-authored a widely used interactive statistics computer program MacAnova in the S and R families. Much of this was motivated by the needs of teaching. He was a firm believer in "white box" programs where one could see what was happening and directly translate formulas into operations. An important part of his responsibilities was intra-university statistical consulting. He helped students and faculty from such diverse fields as music, child psychology and opthalmology to use statistics correctly in their work.
Dr. Bingham published research in a variety of scholarly journals including Annals of Statistics, Biometrika, Biometrics, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Chronobiologia, Technomertrics and the Journal of Multivariate Analysis. As a recognition of his accomplishments he was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Dr. Bingham has been featured in every edition of Who's Who in America between 1987 and 2014, nearly every edition of Who's Who in the Midwest between 1994 and 2015 and the sixth edition of Who's Who in American Education.
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