Jon Wellner

Title: Statistician, Educator
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Jon Wellner has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in statistics and education.

Dr. Wellner was inspired to go into his profession due to the strong support system he had behind him in school. With their guidance, along with his hard work, persistence and curiosity, he was able to find and accept great opportunities. Since 1983, he has taught as a professor at the University of Washington. Prior to his post, he served as an associate professor at the University of Rochester from 1978 to 1983 and as an assistant professor of statistics at the University of Rochester from 1975 to 1978. In addition to his career in academia, Dr. Wellner served to the rank of lieutenant in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.

With an affinity for mathematics, Dr. Wellner first earned a Bachelor of Science in the subject at the University of Idaho in 1968. He continued his studies at the University of Washington, receiving a PhD in statistics in 1975. While he has many career highlights, one that continually stands out among his proudest moments is his work with the statistical community in the Netherlands. In his career, Dr. Wellner took two sabbaticals there and has co-authored journals and articles within the community. The co-authors he worked with are Aad Van DerVaart and Piet Groeneboom. In 2010, he was named Knifht of the Order of Netherlands Lion for his work with these researchers. His research interests center around the uses of large sample theory in statistics, theory of empirical processes and probability in Banach spaces, and efficient estimation for semiparametric models.

From 1987 to 1988, Dr. Wellner was recognized as a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He is also the recipient of the Alexander Von Humboldt Research Award in the 2011 and 2012 year. Furthermore, Dr. Wellner is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the International Statistical Institute. He has been an associate editor of the Annals of Statistics and an editor of Statistical Science. Dr. Wellner was served as the program secretary for the Institute of Mathematical Statistics for three years and on the editorial boards of “Probability Theory” and Related Fields and “Bernoulli.” He has published “Empirical Processes with Applications to Statistics,” “Efficient and Adaptive Estimation for Semiparametric Models” and “Weak Convergence and Empirical Processes.”

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