Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140
MS 268
Paul Meier (1924-2011)
Papers, 1952-1987, undated
creator: | Meier, Paul (1924-2011) |
title: | Papers |
dates: | 1952-2011, undated |
extent: | 2.94 linear feet (7 document boxes) |
collection number: | MS 268 |
repository: | Special Collections Department, Iowa State University. |
access: | Open for research |
publication rights: | Consult Head, Special Collections Department |
preferred citation: | Paul Meier Papers, MS 268, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library. |
Medical statistician and mathematics educator, Paul Meier was born in Newark on July 24, 1924. He received a B.S. (1945) in physics and mathematics from Oberlin College and an M.A. (1947) and Ph.D. (1951) in mathematics from Princeton University. Meier served on the faculty of Lehigh University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, and Columbia University. Throughout his career, Meier conducted, oversaw and commented on clinical trials. Meier promoted randomization, which randomly assigns patients under study either to the experimental group or the group receiving standard treatment. He also developed the Kaplan-Meier estimator, a widely accepted standard for estimating a patient's survival. During his distinguished career, Meier was president of both the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Society for Clinical Trials. |
Medical statistician and mathematics educator, Paul Meier was born in Newark on July 24, 1924. He received a B.S. (1945) in physics and mathematics from Oberlin College and an M.A. (1947) and Ph.D. (1951) in mathematics from Princeton University. Throughout his career, Meier conducted, oversaw and commented on clinical trials. In 1954, he worked on the Salk polio vaccine field trials. Early in his career, Meier promoted randomization, which randomly assigns patients under study either to the experimental group or the group receiving standard treatment. Before Meier's efforts, clinical trials had often been imprecise. He also developed the Kaplan-Meier estimator, a widely accepted standard for estimating a patient's survival. In addition, Meier's research influenced the way the federal government assesses and makes decisions about new medical treatments. Meier was Assistant Professor in mathematics at Lehigh University (1948-1949); researcher at the Philadelphia Tuberculosis and Health Association (1949-1951) and at the Forrestal Research Center, Princeton University (1951-1952); Research Associate (1952-1957), Assistant Professor (1953-1955), and Associate Professor (1955-1957) in the Department of Biostatistics at the School of Hygiene and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University; Since 1957, Associate Professor (1957-1962), Professor (1962-1992), and Professor Emeritus (1992-2011) in the Department of Statistics at the University of Chicago. He was named Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Statistics, Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences, Medicine, and the College (1975-1984). In 1992 he became the Howard Levene Professor of Statistics in Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. After retirement, he was Professor Emeritus at Columbia University. During his distinguished career, Meier was president of both the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Society for Clinical Trials. He was also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Paul Meier married Louise Goldstone in 1948 and died at his home in Manhattan in 2011. |
This collection (1952-2011, undated) contains correspondence, reports, minutes, programs, a few publications, and a survey on the Institute of Mathematical Studies fellows. The collection documents Meier's involvement with the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (Institute of Mathematical Studies). The papers deal primarily with his tenure as president of the Institute of Mathematical Studies. |
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The collection is organized chronologically. |
Box |
Folder |
Title |
Dates |
1 |
1 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies Nominating Committee, Editorial Board & Meeting |
1952-1980 |
1 |
2 |
Statistical Research Monographs |
1967-1968 |
1 |
3 |
Correspondence |
1968 |
1 |
4 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies Nominating Committee |
1971-1972 |
1 |
5 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies Fellowship |
1977 |
1 |
6 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies Fellowship (1 of 3) |
1978 |
1 |
7 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies Fellowship (2 of 3) |
1978 |
2 |
1 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies Fellowship (3 of 3) |
1978 |
2 |
2 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies Fellowship |
1979 |
2 |
3 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Final Papers |
1979 |
2 |
5 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: General |
1983-1984 |
2 |
6 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Las Vegas 50th Anniversary |
1984-1985 |
3 |
1 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) (1 of 2) |
1984-1985 |
3 |
2 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) (2 of 2) |
1984-1985 |
3 |
3 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies Journals |
1984-1985 |
3 |
4 |
Pending Institute of Mathematical Studies Issues |
1984-1985 |
4 |
1 |
Human Rights |
1985 |
4 |
2 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies/American Statistical Association (ASA) Committee on Quality and Productivity |
1985 |
4 |
3 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: General January-June |
1985 |
4 |
4 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: General, July-Dec |
1985 |
4 |
5 |
Program and Abstracts, Joint Statistical Meeting |
1985 |
4 |
6 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Parikh |
1985-1986 |
4 |
7 |
Correspondence: Committees |
1985-1986 |
5 |
1 |
Correspondence, President's Reports, Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPPS) |
1985-1986 |
5 |
2 |
Annual Committee Reports |
1986 |
5 |
3 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies/American Association for the Advancement of Science |
1986 |
5 |
4 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Annals of Probability |
1986 |
5 |
5 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Committees |
1986 |
5 |
6 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Committee on Mathematical Tables |
1986 |
5 |
7 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Correspondence |
1986 |
5 |
8 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Executive Committee and Council |
1986 |
5 |
9 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Human Rights |
1986 |
5 |
10 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Grants |
1986 |
5 |
11 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Geunther |
1986 |
5 |
12 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Joint Meeting |
1986 |
6 |
1 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Meetings |
1986 |
6 |
2 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Microcomputer |
1986 |
6 |
3 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Publications |
1986 |
6 |
4 |
Investment Finance Committee |
1986 |
6 |
5 |
Joint Statistical Meeting |
1986 |
6 |
6 |
"Guatemala, Case Reports 80-85" |
1986 |
6 |
7 |
Nominating, Miscellaneous |
1986 |
6 |
8 |
Office of Scientific and Public Affairs (OSPA) |
1986 |
6 |
9 |
Program and Abstracts, Joint Statistical Meetings |
1986 |
7 |
1 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Committee on Operations (1 of 2) |
1986-1987 |
7 |
2 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Committee on Operations (2 of 2) |
1986-1987 |
7 |
3 |
"Scientists Imprisoned in the Soviet Union" and "Uruguay's Military Physicians" |
1987 |
7 |
4 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Council Minutes, Treasurer's Report, Notes |
undated |
7 |
5 |
Institute of Mathematical Studies: Members |
undated |
7 |
6 |
Biographical information |
2004-2011 |