Department of Mathematical Sciences

History of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University

K T Wallenius


Dr. K. T. (Ted) Wallenius is a native of Glendale, California. He has an undergraduate (1957) and M.S. degree (1955) in mathematics from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. degree (1963) in statistics from Stanford University. He also served in the U. S. Navy as an Ensign (1955) and later as a Lieutenant in Japan and the western Pacific. His academic careers spans positions as Research Associate (Stanford University) 1963–1964; Asst. Professor (Yale University) 1964–1968; Assoc. Professor (Clemson University) 1968, promoted to Professor in 1972, retired in 1994. He was a member of ASA, Inst. of Mathematical Statistics, MAA, AAUP, and Sigma Xi.

In 1970–1971, Wallenius spent a 12 month period in Washington at the Office of Naval Research. During that year he made essential contacts for Clemson University to make application for two substantial multi-person grants that were awarded as mentioned in a description of the department in the years 1965–2002. The work on these grants allowed Clemson to establish a solid reputation in the scientific portion of the academic world. This in turn led to the success of other funded projects such as EPSCOR from NSF, etc. During 1970–71 Professor Wallenius recommended that NSA consider Dr. Brawley as a consultant and that resulted in Brawley's long association with NSA.

In 1971 the NSF awarded funds for a summer course proposed by Wallenius, given at Clemson in the area of statistics and taught by Professor Herman Chernhoff of Stanford and Patrick Billingsly of the University of Chicago. This regional conference was well attended by people in the southern region of the U.S.

Professor Wallenius published a number of scientific papers and directed doctoral students. One of his students, A. S. Korkotsides returned to Greece and later Wallenius spent a year teaching in his student's university and traveling in that area. (see below). He is a fellow for ASA.

Dr. Wallenius was appointed as an initial member of South Carolina's EPSCOR committee and served for several years. He also designed and taught the graduate course in Time Series Analysis, but he enjoyed teaching undergraduate statistics courses. He is listed as one of the organizers of SRCOS and hosted a conference in 1992 (see R.L. Taylor and W.J. Padgett in the Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation May 2006).

Ted was a coach for the Clemson women's gymnasium club. His hobbies were golf, woodworking, rock hunting in South Carolina, and winemaking. He and his wife Marcia have three children.

Because of his many years with funds from external agencies, Ted was the initial recipient of the Clemson University Researcher of the Year (1980) sponsored by Sigma Xi.

Selected works:

  1. "Estimation of Reliability of Complex Systems", ASQC Transactions (1963)
  2. "Sampling for Confidence," Journal ASA (62), 1967
  3. "Exploratory Model Analysis Using CDF Knotting with Applications to Distinguishability, Limiting Forms and Moment Ratios to the Three Parameter Weibull Family" (with A. S. Korkotsides), JSCS Stat. Journals vol 35, #4 (1990)
  4. "The Basket Method for Selecting Balanced Samples, Part II," Clemson Technical Report 1981. There are reports I and III which also were issued as Naval Technical Reports
  5. TSA Statistical Programs for Interactive Time Series, Defense Technical Information Center # ADA048151.
  6. co-editor of Applied Mathematical Modeling (with D. R. Shier), Chapman and Hall/CRC, 2000, 435 pages.

A portion of Ted's Ph.D. thesis was included as part of Wikipedia entitled, "Wallenius' noncentral hypergeometric distributions" and is the basis for an upcoming article "Calculation methods for Wallenius' Noncentral Hypergeometric Distribution" in the Communications in Statistics, Simulation, and Computation, vol. 37 no. 2, 2008 by Agner Fog.

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