Donald A. S. Fraser

Donald Alexander Stuart Fraser OC FRSC (born April 29, 1925) is a Canadian statistician, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto.[1] In 2012 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his influence in the advancement of the statistical sciences in Canada.[2] In 1961 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[3] In 1985, he was awarded the first Gold Medal of the Statistical Society of Canada. In 2014 he was chosen as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to the theory and foundations of statistics, as well as for leadership and influence on the advancement of the statistical sciences."[4]

Donald A. S. Fraser
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Born (1925-04-29) April 29, 1925 (age 94)
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Princeton University
Spouse(s)Nancy Reid
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Toronto
ThesisGeneralized Hit Probabilities with a Gaussian Target (1949)
Doctoral advisorSamuel S. Wilks
John Tukey
Doctoral students

Early lifeEdit

Donald Fraser was born in Toronto, and raised in Stratford, Ontario. He attended St. Andrew's College in Aurora from 1939 to 1942, and the University of Toronto from 1942 to 1947, completing a bachelor's degree in mathematics, physics and chemistry. While at the University of Toronto he distinguished himself in the sciences, and especially in mathematics. He was a member of the first place team and a Putnam fellow in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition in 1946.[5]


  1. ^ "Fraser, Donald A.S." Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  2. ^ "Appointments to the Order of Canada". Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  3. ^ View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-07-23.
  4. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2015-05-06.
  5. ^ Thomas J. DiCiccio, Mary E. Thompson (2004). "A Conversation with Donald A. S. Fraser".

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