Mortimer Spiegelman Award





Demographer, actuary, and biostatistician Mortimer Spiegelman (1901-1969) made exceptional contributions to public health statistics.  His contributions have continued posthumously through the Mortimer Spiegelman Award of the APHA Statistics Section, presented annually since 1970 to an outstanding public health statistician under age 40.  The award serves three purposes: to honor the outstanding achievements of both the recipient and Spiegelman, to encourage further  involvement in public health of the finest young statisticians, and to increase awareness of APHA and the Statistics Section in the academic statistical community.  The contributions for which we honor Mortimer Spiegelman are outlined overleaf, in a slight adaptation of his Encyclopedia of Biostatistics biography by Section member Earl Pollack (included below by permission).  The distinction associated with the award has increased over time with the extraordinary continuing accomplishments of its recipients, who are listed immediately below. 
1970: Edward Perrin
1971: P. A. Lachenbruch
1972: Manning Feinleib
1973: Joseph L Fleiss
1974: Gary G. Koch
1975: Jane Menken
1976: A. A. Afifi
1977: David Hoel
1978: Ross Prentice
1979: Mitchell H. Gail
1980: Norman Breslow
1981: Robert F. Woolson
1982: Joel Kleinman
1983: J. Richard Landis
1984: Stephen Lagakos
1985: John Crowley
1986: Anastasios Tsiatis
1987: L. J. Wei
1988: Thomas Fleming
1989: Colin B. Begg
1990: Kung-Yee Liang
1991: Scott L. Zeger
1992: Ronald S. Brookmeyer
1993: Martin Abba Tanner
1994: Lousie M. Ryan
1995: Christopher J. Portier
1996: Jeremy M. G. Tayler
1997: Margaret S Pepe
1998: Peter Bacchetti
1999: Danyu Lin
2000: Bradley P. Carlin
2001: Daniel E. Weeks
2002: Xihong Lin
2003: Michael Newton
2004: Mark van der Laan
2005: Rebecca Betensky
2006: Francesca Dominici
2007: David Dunson
2008: Hongyu Zhao
2009: Rafael Irizary
2010: Nilanjan Chatterjee
2011: Sudipto Banerjee
The Mortimer Spiegelman Award was established following his death and maintained during their lives by donations from his sisters, Anna and Julia Spiegelman.  Continuation of the Award today, and for the foreseeable future, is supported by additional donations totaling over $40,000 that were made explicitly for this purpose by APHA Statistics Section members, previous Spiegelman Award recipients, other supporters of the APHA Statistics Section, and several institutions to which they belong.  Instrumental in enabling the 2001-2003 Spiegelman Endowment fundraising effort to reach its goal were a challenge and subsequent matching donation by Professor Gary G. Koch of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the fifth Spiegelman awardee.  A full listing of contributors, whose generosity demonstrates their personal as well as professional commitments to Biostatistics and public health, is listed below.

Spiegelman Endowment Donors


Cupples, L. Adrienne
Densen, Paul M.
Dudley, Richard M.
English, Patricia A.
Lee, Eun Sul
Moore, Charity G.
Moriyama, Iwao M.
Roberson, Paula
Rosenwaike, Ira
Smith, Sandra S.
Turnbull, Craig D.
Williams, Jean F.


Brookmeyer, Ronald
Burke, Kimberly C.
Carlin, Bradley P.
Chan, Linda S.
Diehr, Paula
Feinleib, Manning
Frankowski, Ralph F.
Freeman, Daniel H., Jr.
Lagakos, Stephen W.
Mendiondo, Marta S.
O'Fallon, W. Michael
Pascale, Joanne
Ryan, Louise M.
Shrout, Patrick E.
Taylor, Jeremy M.G.
Weinrich, Martin C.


Boyle, Kerrie E.
Ibrahim, Joseph G.
Ingram, Deborah D.
Leeper, James
Stidley, Christine A.
Zeger, Scott L. and Katz, Joanne


Afifi, Abdelmonem
Bacchetti, Peter
Cutter, Gary R.
Guild, Priscilla H.
Moulton, Lawrence H.
Pepe, Margaret S.
Pollack, Earl S.
Watts, Margaret L.


Breslow, Norman
Gail, Mitchell H.
Imrey, Peter B.
Menken, Jane
Perrin, Edward B.
Stoto, Michael A.
Testa, Marcia A.
Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Department of Biostatistics, in-kind)
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Office of Biostatistics)


Eyster, Janet T.


Koch, Gary G.


Mortimer Spiegelman (1901-1969)           


Mortimer Spiegelman was an important contributor to Biostatistics, particularly in the areas of demography and public health.  His major contribution in the field of public health and epidemiology came toward the end of his career when he conceived of, coordinated, edited, and carried to a successful conclusion the publication of a series of monographs sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and published by the Harvard University Press.  Each monograph pertained to a specific set of diseases in which the 1960 Census was used in a standard way as the denominator for rates of disease.  In his role as editor of this series he used his considerable powers of persuasion with the authors of the monographs to ensure comparability among them and to make certain that the work on each was completed.  Sixteen monographs resulted from this effort, covering a wide range of topics as evidenced by the following titles: Accidents and Homicides; Infectious Diseases; Trends and Variations in Fertility in the U.S.; Infant, Perinatal, Maternal, and Childhood Mortality; The Epidemiology of Oral Health; Tuberculosis; Syphilis and Other Venereal Diseases; Cardiovascular Disease in the U.S.; The Frequency of Rheumatic Diseases; Digestive Disease; Mental Disorders and Suicide; Cancer in the U.S.; The Epidemiology of Neurological and Sense Organ Diseases; Mortality and Morbidity in the U.S.; Differential Mortality in the U.S.


Mr. Spiegelman was a native of Brooklyn, New York, and received a masters of engineering degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1923 and a masters of business administration degree from Harvard University in 1925.  He spent 40 years on the staff of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company where he published many articles and volumes that attained national and international recognition.  He coauthored with Dublin and Lotka The Money Value of Man and Length of Life, both of which have been standard reference volumes.  Although his employment was in an organization that was concerned primarily with actuarial science, his interests were much broader.  He published two editions of Introduction to Demography, which has been a standard text in demography.  The second edition, in particular, is oriented toward the general demographer and students of public health statistics rather than toward the actuary.  He did extensive work on life tables including what he referred to as “segmented generation” mortality.  This approach allows one to follow the mortality experience of a given age group over successive 10-year periods as an alternative to analyzing trends in the current mortality.  His development of the APHA monograph series further illustrates the breadth of his interests.  Mr. Spiegelman was Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and Fellow of the American Public Health Association.  Each year, upon the presentation of the Mortimer Spiegelman Award, he is remembered again for his extraordinary contributions to public health statistics.


                                                                                    Earl Pollack


Adapted from Encyclopedia of Biostatistics, 2nd edition, Vol. 7, 5115-5116. Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons, 2005, by permission.

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