George Casella

George Casella (January 22, 1951 – June 17, 2012) was a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Florida. He died from multiple myeloma.

George C. Casella
Born(1951-01-22)January 22, 1951
DiedJune 17, 2012(2012-06-17) (aged 61)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materPurdue University
Scientific career
InstitutionsRutgers University, Cornell University, University of Florida
ThesisMinimax Ridge Regression Estimation (1977[1])
Doctoral advisorLeon Jay Gleser[1]
Doctoral students

Academic careerEdit

Casella completed his undergraduate education at Fordham University and graduate education at Purdue University. He served on the faculty of Rutgers University, Cornell University, and the University of Florida. His contributions focused on the area of statistics including Monte Carlo methods, model selection, and genomic analysis.[2] He was particularly active in Bayesian and empirical Bayes methods, with works connecting with the Stein phenomenon , on assessing and accelerating the convergence of Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, as in his Rao-Blackwellisation technique,[3] and in inventing the Bayesian lasso.[4]


Casella was named as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 1988, and he was made an Elected Fellow of the International Statistical Institute in 1989. In 2009, he was made a Foreign Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences.[5]

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Casella, George; Lehmann, E. L. (1998). Theory of point estimation. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 0-387-98502-6.
  • Lee Berger, Roger; Casella, George (2002). Statistical inference. Stamford, Connecticut: Thomson Learning. ISBN 0-534-24312-6.
  • Casella, George; Robert, Christian P. (2004). Monte Carlo statistical methods. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 0-387-21239-6.
  • McCulloch, Charles E.; Shayle R. Searle; Casella, George (2006). Variance components. New York: Wiley-Interscience. ISBN 0-470-00959-4.
  • Casella, George (2008). Statistical design. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 0-387-75965-4.
  • Casella, George; Robert, Christian P. (2009). Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R (Use R). Berlin: Springer. ISBN 1-4419-1575-3.
  • Casella, George; Wu, Rongling; Changxing Ma (2010). Statistical Genetics of Quantitative Traits: Linkage, Maps and QTL (Statistics for Biology and Health). Berlin: Springer. ISBN 1-4419-1912-0.


  1. ^ a b George Casella at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "Obituary: George Casella, 1951-2012". IMS Bulletin. Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Feb 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Casella, G (1996). "Rao-Blackwellisation of sampling schemes". Biometrika. 83 (1): 81–94. doi:10.1093/biomet/83.1.81. JSTOR 2337434.
  4. ^ Park, Trevor; Casella, George (2008). "The Bayesian Lasso" (PDF). Journal of the American Statistical Association. 103 (482): 681–686. doi:10.1198/016214508000000337. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2014-11-07.
  5. ^ Casella, George. "VITA" (PDF). Retrieved 4 November 2012.

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