Bell Labs hosted this one-day workshop in recognition of John's contributions and leadership in statistical computing, his most recognized contribution being the S System as commercially implemented in S-Plus and its open source counterpart R. Many of John's past and present collaborators and friends participated in a program that showcased the evolution of statistical computing and graphics for the past 40 years and highlighted some of the challenges it faces today. Look for the workshop's proceedings in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Statistical Software.
John joined Bell Labs in 1966 after earning a Ph.D. in statistics from Harvard University. He has spent more than 40 years conducting research in a wide variety of data computing areas at Bell Labs, publishing more than 75 papers and authoring or co-authoring seven books. In 1999, he became the only statistician to win the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Software System Award for his design of the S system, which the ACM cited as an innovation that "has forever altered the way people analyze, visualize and manipulate data." John donated the proceeds from the prize to the American Statistical Association to establish an annual prize for software achievements. In January of this year, John continued his outstanding career by becoming the first ever emeritus member of Bell Labs.