W. Edwards Deming

1900 - 1993

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William Edwards Deming (October 14, 1900 – December 20, 1993) was an American business theorist, composer, economist, industrial engineer, management consultant, statistician, and writer. Educated initially as an electrical engineer and later specializing in mathematical physics, he helped develop the sampling techniques still used by the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He is also known as the father of the quality movement and was hugely influential in post-WWII Japan, credited with revolutionizing Japan's industry and making it one of the most dominant economies in the world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of W. Edwards Deming has received more than 2,960,332 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. W. Edwards Deming is the 76th most popular economist (down from 54th in 2019), the 1,023rd most popular biography from United States (down from 740th in 2019) and the 20th most popular American Economist.

W. Edwards Deming is most famous for his 14 points of quality management. These points are: 1) Create constancy of purpose, 2) Adopt the new philosophy, 3) Cease dependence on mass inspection, 4) End the practice of awarding business on price alone, 5) Improve constantly and forever the system of production and service, 6) Institute training on the job, 7) Adopt and institute leadership, 8) Drive out fear, 9) Break down barriers between staff areas, 10) Eliminate slogans, 11) Eliminate numerical quotas, 12) Eliminate management by objective, 13) Eliminate work standards, 14) Remove barriers that hinder knowledge flow.

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Over the past year W. Edwards Deming has had the most page views in the with 271,729 views, followed by Spanish (92,741), and Portuguese (21,778). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Simple English (77.56%), Malagasy (67.53%), and Tamil (17.06%)


Among economists, W. Edwards Deming ranks 76 out of 414Before him are Nikolai Kondratiev, Harry Markowitz, Leonid Hurwicz, James Tobin, Henry Mintzberg, and John Kenneth Galbraith. After him are Eugen Dühring, Reinhard Selten, James Mill, Jean-Claude Trichet, Thomas Mun, and Franz Oppenheimer.

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Among people born in 1900, W. Edwards Deming ranks 42Before him are Walther Wenck, Mahavatar Babaji, Ragnar Granit, Julien Green, Gladwyn Jebb, and Anna Seghers. After him are Thomas Wolfe, Howard H. Aiken, Pedro Cea, Raphael Lemkin, Edith Frank, and Maria of Yugoslavia. Among people deceased in 1993, W. Edwards Deming ranks 28Before him are Bill Bixby, Wolfgang Paul, Brandon Lee, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Dizzy Gillespie, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. After him are Lillian Gish, Cantinflas, Arthur Ashe, Robert W. Holley, Vincent Price, and Alexandra of Yugoslavia.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, W. Edwards Deming ranks 1,023 out of 20,380Before him are Walter Lippmann (1889), Jerome Karle (1918), Hugh Glass (1783), Duff McKagan (1964), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909), and John Searle (1932). After him are Paul Allen (1953), Cass Elliot (1941), Michael Jai White (1967), Edward Tatum (1909), Thomas Wolfe (1900), and Clifford D. Simak (1904).

Among ECONOMISTS In United States

Among economists born in United States, W. Edwards Deming ranks 20Before him are Oliver E. Williamson (1932), Irving Fisher (1867), Ben Bernanke (1953), Kenneth Arrow (1921), Harry Markowitz (1927), and James Tobin (1918). After him are Richard Thaler (1945), Edmund Phelps (1933), Lawrence Klein (1920), James M. Buchanan (1919), Charles Cooley (1864), and Robert Reich (1946).