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Statistician , author , astrostatistics

Joseph Michael Hilbe, President, International Astrostatistics Association (2012-2015), Elected Fellow, American Statistical Association, elected Member, International Statistical Institute, Full member, American Astronomical Society. Author, 18 books in statistical modeling


Hilbe, Joseph Michael was born on December 30, 1944 in Los Angeles.


California State University, Chico, (BA Philosophy); University Hawaii, (MA, ABD Philosophy;JD); UCLA, PhD Applied Math/Statistics)


Born in Los Angeles (Dec 30, 1944), grew up in Arcadia, CA (near Los Angeles); Eagle Scout (with gold and silver palms); High school from 1958-61 at Woodside Priory HS in Portola Valley, CA, graduated Paradise HS in 1962. Graduated from Calif State Univ, Chico; PhD programs at UCLA and Univ of Hawaii. Won national AAU Pentathlon Championships two times and world list sprinter during 1960s.

Professor of Philosophy and head track coach at the Univ of Hawaii. Also a U.S. team coach and lead competition official at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Leave of absence from U of Hawaii 1986-1989, PhD in statistics (1988). State of Hawaii disability retirement 1990. Appointed adjunct professor of statistics at Arizona State University in 1992 until present. Various corporate positions throughout the 1990s. Awarded full social security disability 2000. Authored 18 books on statistical modeling. Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and of the international Statistical Institute. Solar System Ambassador for NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 2007. President of the International Astrostatistics Association (2012-2015, and 2016-2017). Pacemaker implanted following complete heart block August 2014. Married Cheryl Swisher in 1984, two children and two adopted children. Four grandchildren. Pet, white Maltese dog named Sirr


  • Won the 2015 PROSE honorable mention award for the second best book published in 2014 in mathematics --- for book, "Modeling Count Data" (Cambridge University Press).

    Lead Athletics Competition Official, 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games; Elected US national Track & Field team coach 1980-1985. Two time national AAU Pentathlon Champion (1968, 1978)






International Astrostatistics Association; International Statistical institute, American Statisticial Association, American Astronomical Society, Institute of Mathematics Statistics, Meteorologic Society


Son of Rader John and Nadyne (Anderson) H. Married Cheryl Lynn Swisher. Children: Matthew, Heather, Michael, Mitchell.

Rader John Hilbe - United States - CEO THICO Corp (died 1980)

Nadyne (Anderson) H.

Cheryl Lynn Swisher

Mitchell Hilbe - United States - Pharmaceutical monitoring

Michael Hilbe - school

Studying applied mathematics.statistics; Nationally ranked sprinter in high school and college