For forty years W. Edwards Deming was a consultant, with practice world wide.  His clients included railways, telephone companies, carriers of motor freight, manufacturing companies, consumer research, census methods, hospitals, legal firms, government agencies, research organizations in universities and in industry.  For example, all intercity motor freight in the United States and Canada is studied by statistical procedures prescribed by him.  He is best known for his work in Japan, which commenced in 1950, and created a revolution in quality and economic production. 

Japanese manufacturers created the Deming Prize in his honor, which is awarded annually by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers.  In May 1960, the Emperor of Japan decorated him with the Second Order Medal of the Sacred Treasure. 

The President of the United States awarded him the National Medal of Technology on June 25, 1987.

He was a member of the International Statistical Institute, an academy, and of a dozen other professional and scientific societies. 

He was elected in 1986 into the National Academy of Engineering, and into the Science and Technology Hall of Fame in Dayton.  In 1988, he received the award Distinguished Career in Science from the National Academy of Sciences. 

He received his doctorate in mathematical physics from Yale University in 1928.  A number of universities have awarded to him the degrees LL.D. and Sc.D., honoris causa: the University of Wyoming, Rivier College, the University of Maryland, Ohio State University, Clarkson College of Technology, Miami University, George Washington University, the University of Colorado, Fordham University, University of Alabama, Oregon State University, the American University, the University of South Carolina, Yale University, Muhlenberg College, Boston University.  Yale University awarded to him the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal.  Rivier College awarded to him the Madeleine of Jesus Award. 

He is the author of several books and 170 papers.  His books include OUT OF THE CRISIS (Center for Advanced Engineering Study, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986) and THE NEW ECONOMICS (same publisher, 1993).  From 1946 to his death in 1993, he was a Professor of Statistics at the Graduate School of Business Administration of New York University.  From 1985 he was also a Distinguished Lecturer in Management at Columbia University.  He has lectured in many universities in this country and abroad.  His 4-day seminars reached 10,000 people per year for over ten years.

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