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Who is W. Edwards Deming?

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William Edwards Deming (1900-1993) William Edwards Deming was born in Sioux City, Iowa, USA. He received a PhD at the Yale University, in Theoretical Physics. After university, Deming worked in the Department of Agriculture for ten years. At the time, the yields in agriculture had made big progress due to a new science, modern Statistics. In addition, Deming gave lectures of Statistics at the Department of Agriculture for agricultural engineers. In 1927, Deming was introduced to Walter A. Shewhart of the Bell Telephone Laboratories. Deming found great inspiration in the work of Shewhart, the originator of the concepts of statistical control of processes and the related technical tool of the control chart, as Deming began to move toward the application of statistical methods to industrial production and management. Shewhart’s idea of common and special causes of variation led directly to Deming’s theory of management. Deming saw that these ideas could be applied not only to ... more
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