Julian Besag 1945-2010

August 7, 2010

(This article was first published on Xi'an's Og » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

I have just learned that Julian Besag passed away last morning in Bristol after being admitted to the hospital two weeks ago. He was a leading figure of our field, a fiercely independent thinker, a brilliant statistician, and undoubtedly the clearest pretendent to having fathered MCMC. His influence on the field of spatial statistics will be felt for years, but he will be sorely missed… My first meeting with Julian was in 1993 in Laramie, Wyoming, and my last memory of him will be this visit George Casella and I made to Bath and Bristol in October 2008, and where Julian attended both of our talks as well as the dinner in Bath and the after-seminar beer in Bristol… He will be missed.

Filed under: Books, R, Statistics, University life Tagged: Bath, Bristol, Hammersley-Clifford theorem, Julian Besag, MCMC, spatial statistics

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