Leo A. Goodman | |
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Born | August 6, 1928 |

Died | December 22, 2020 | (aged 92)

Citizenship | United States |

Alma mater | Syracuse University, Princeton University |

Known for | Social statistics, Goodman and Kruskal's lambda, Goodman and Kruskal's gamma |

Awards | R. A. Fisher Lectureship (1968) Wilks Memorial Award (1985) |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Statistics |

Institutions | University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley |

Doctoral advisor | John Tukey, Samuel S. Wilks |

**Leo Aria Goodman** (August 7, 1928 – December 22, 2020) was a statistician known particularly for developing statistical methods for the social sciences, including statistical methods for analyzing categorical data and data from statistical surveys.

## Education

Goodman attended Stuyvesant High School^{[1]} and he then went on to earn his AB degree *summa cum laude* from Syracuse University in 1948, majoring in mathematics and sociology.^{[2]} He was class valedictorian. He moved to Princeton for postgraduate work in mathematical statistics, receiving his masters and doctorate in 1950.^{[2]}

## Work

Goodman began his career in 1950 at the University of Chicago, where he would stay, save for a number of visiting professorships, until 1987.^{[2]} Since 1987, he has been Class of 1938 Professor in the Sociology Department and the Statistics Department at the University of California, Berkeley.^{[2]}

## Awards and distinctions

In 1956 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.^{[3]}

## Personal life and death

He was married to Ann Davidow; the marriage ended in divorce. He and his ex-wife had two children and were godparents to Sylvia Plath's first child, Frieda Hughes.^{[4]} He died from COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in California.^{[5]}

## References

**^**Risen, Clay (2021-02-17). "Leo Goodman, Who Transformed Sociology With Stats, Dies at 92".*The New York Times*. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-02-18.- ^
^{a}^{b}^{c}^{d}Becker, M. P. (2009). "A Conversation with Leo Goodman".*Statistical Science*.**24**(3): 361–385. arXiv:1010.0310. doi:10.1214/08-sts276. S2CID 88512370. **^**View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-07-23.**^**Anwar, Yasmin; January 15, Media Relations|; 2021January 18; 2021 (2021-01-15). "Leo Goodman, trailblazer in statistics and social sciences, dies at 92".*Berkeley News*. Retrieved 2021-02-18.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)**^**‘A giant in his field’: UC Berkeley professor emeritus Leo Goodman dies at 92