William Edwards Deming Biography
(Statistician, Electrical Engineer)
Birthday: October 14, 1900 (Libra)
Born In: Sioux City
W. Edwards Deming was an American statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and consultant. He created the new quality-control methods and developed the sampling techniques for U.S. Census. He was then made a member of the five-man Emergency Technical Committee to work on the compilation of the American War Standards. He is best known for his work in Japan after the Second World War. There he taught top business managers how to improve service, product quality, testing, and sales by various means, including the application of statistical methods. His contribution to Japanese economy made him into somewhat a hero in Japan, which is why he was awarded Japan's Order of the Sacred Treasure, Second Class in 1960. Apart from that, he won the National Medal of Technology and the Distinguished Career in Science award from the National Academy of Sciences. Around the time of his death, he founded the W. Edwards Deming Institute in Washington, D.C., where the Deming Collection at the U.S. Library of Congress includes an extensive audiotape and videotape archive. The motto of the Institute is to promote understanding of the Deming System of Profound Knowledge to advance business, success, and harmony.