An expert in applied statistics pertaining to environmental issues, David S. Crosby, Ph.D., recently retired from his post as statistics professor emeritus at American University in Washington, D.C. He was bestowed with the distinguished title from 2004 to 2007 and, overall, had contributed to the University since 1966. From 1975 to 1977, he served as the University’s chair of the Department of Mathematics. While working at American University, Dr. Crosby took on a consulting role with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as with the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service.
Having always loved the field of mathematics, Dr. Crosby realized his natural understanding of the field. He landed in the area of statistics by chance and decided to hone his prowess in the specialty. In 1962, he earned a bachelor’s degree from American University. He then received a Master of Arts from the University of Arizona (UA) in 1964 and went on to ultimately obtain a Ph.D. from UA in 1966.
Throughout the course of his robust career, Dr. Crosby had the pleasure of working with many talented professionals around the world. One particular highlight that stands out is the work he did with the beginning of remote sensing satellites, which acquires information about the earth’s surface, such as sea temperature. Notably, he has co-authored 94 papers and contributed 24 articles to referred scientific journals. Recognized for his hard work, dedication and significant industry contributions, Dr. Crosby received the 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
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