Donald W. King

Donald W. King is currently Honorary University Professor at Bryant University in Rhode Island and an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences. King, a statistician, cofounded Westat, Inc., a statistical consulting and survey research company, in 1961 and served as president of three research companies--King Research, Home Testing Institute, and Westat Surveys--until the mid-1990s. After retiring, he continued research on a pro bono basis with Drs. Jos̩-Marie Griffiths and Carol Tenopir. King's 50 years in research have emphasized economic cost modeling and surveys dealing with libraries and scholarly publishing, as well as marketing research and political polling. His numerous publications include 17 books (4 award-winning) and more than 150 other publications. King's work been recognized by the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Pioneer in Science Information), the American Statistical Association (Fellow), and the American Society for Information Science and Technology (Research Award and Award of Merit), and has received many other awards and honors. He received a BS and MS in statistics from the University of Wyoming (1959, 1960).