MIT in 1980 with a B.S. in mathematics
and received the M.S. and Ph.D.
in statistics from Stanford in
1982 and 1984. After spending
a year at the IBM T.J. Watson
Research Center, he joined the
faculty at the University of
Chicago, where he is now the
Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor Emeritus
of Statistics and the College.
He was chairman of the department
1998-2001 and Master of the Physical Sciences
Collegiate Division 2012-2018. Prof. Stein retired from
Chicago in 2019 and presently has a position at
Most of Stein's research has been in the area of spatial statistics and its
applications to environmental sciences and astrophysics. His current research
focuses on statistical models and methods for natural processes in space-time
and the computational challenges that arise in studying such problems.
Michael Stein is married to Laurie Butler, a Professor Emeritus
of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. They have
one daughter, Ellyn, born in 1995. His outside interests
include horseback riding and the guitar.