John Chambers  

Born  John McKinley Chambers 
Alma mater  University of Toronto (BS) Harvard University (MA, PhD) 
Known for  R programming language 
Awards 

Scientific career  
Fields  Statistical computing 
Institutions 

Website  statweb 
John McKinley Chambers is the creator of the S programming language, and core member of the R programming language project. He was awarded the 1998 ACM Software System Award for developing S.^{[1]}
Chambers received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 1963. He received a Master of Arts in 1965 and a PhD degree in 1966, both in statistics, from Harvard University.^{[1]}^{[2]}^{[3]}
Chambers started at Bell Laboratories in 1966 as a member of its technical staff.^{[1]}^{[3]} From 1981 to 1983, he was the head of its Advanced Software Department and from 1983 to 1989 he was the head of its Statistics and Data Analysis Research Department.^{[1]}^{[3]} In 1989, he moved back to fulltime research and in 1995, he became a distinguished member of the technical staff.^{[1]}^{[3]} In 1997, he was made the first Fellow of Bell Labs and was cited for "pioneering contributions to the field of statistical computing".^{[1]} He remained a distinguished member of the technical staff and a Fellow until his retirement from Bell Labs in 2005.^{[3]}
After retiring from Bell Labs, Chambers became a visiting professor at the University of Auckland, University of California, Los Angeles and Stanford University.^{[3]}^{[4]} Since 2008, he has been active at Stanford, currently serving as Senior Advisor of its data science program and an adjunct professor in Stanford's Department of Statistics.^{[3]}
Chambers is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.^{[3]}^{[2]}
Chambers has received the following awards:
Following his 1998 ACM Software System Award, Chambers donated his prize money (US$10,000) to the American Statistical Association to endow an award for novel statistical software, the John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award.^{[5]} He is currently an adjunct professor at Stanford University.^{[3]}