This is a largely humorous account of Tom Leonardís early life, and
his academic career in Statistics at the Universities of London
(1966-72), Warwick (1972-80), Wisconsin (1979-1996) and Edinburgh
(1995-2001) that was influential in numerous application areas of
his Bayesian-Fisherian approach to mathematical statistics. These
include medicine, econometrics, psychometrics, educational testing,
finance, business, geophysics, animal breeding, substance abuse,
forensic science, and the law.
Tom, for example, re-addresses the Lindley-Smith
controversy and its effects on his career, together with George
Boxís incisive impact on applied statistical methodology, and the
military activities that led to the demise of the Math Research
Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The history surrounding Tomís pivotal December 1989 speech
in Madison, Wisconsin on gay discrimination in the military is
documented and appended. Koutskyís Hypothesis, which addresses the
genesis of gay and lesbian people, is described in
Further drama rears its head on unexpected occasions during
the narrative. We should always feel a touch of concern about
potential ripples from above.