Robert Gentleman joins REvolution’s board of directors

January 25, 2010
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(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

We're so excited here at REvolution Computing to announce that Robert Gentleman has joined our board of directors. Robert is one of the two originators of the R Project: a research project between Robert and Ross Ihaka in 1996 was the genesis of the R language. (Both Robert and Ross were profiled in an article in the New York Times about R last year.) Today, the R Project has grown tremendously, with estimates of more than 2 million users worldwide, thousands of volunteer contributors to R packages, and more than 20 world-leading statisticians and computer scientists leading the core development. Robert was also the leader of the BioConductor project for many years, developing cutting-edge tools in R for the analysis of genetic data. Today, Robert continues his research in genomics as a senior director in bioinformatics at Genentech. He had this to say about joining our board:

“REvolution has made important contributions to the R community and to the commercial use of R on an enterprise level,” Gentleman said. “I am eager to help Norman and the team expand the role R has in the commercial world and to help bring high-quality analytic and graphical software to many new areas of application.”

Robert's expertise in R, the R project, and open-source projects in general will be invaluable to us as we develop our plans for REvolution Computing. 

We're also pleased to announce a second new appointment to our board of directors: financial expert Donald Nickelson. You can read more about both new board members in our press release linked below. 

REvolution Computing: REvolution Computing Names Robert Gentleman and Donald Nickelson to Board

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