**Morris Herman DeGroot** (June 8, 1931 – November 2, 1989) was an American statistician.

## Biography

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, DeGroot graduated from Roosevelt University and earned master’s and doctor’s degrees from the University of Chicago. DeGroot joined Carnegie Mellon in 1957 and became a University Professor, the school’s highest faculty position.

He was the founding editor of the review journal *Statistical Science*.

## Academic works

He wrote six books, edited four volumes and authored over one hundred papers. Most of his research was on the theory of rational decision-making under uncertainty. His *Optimal Statistical Decisions*, published in 1970, is still recognized as one of the great books in the field. His courses on statistical decision theory taught at Carnegie-Mellon influenced Edward C. Prescott and Robert Lucas, Jr.,^{[4]} influential figures in the development of new classical macroeconomics and real business-cycle theory. DeGroot’s undergraduate text, *Probability and Statistics*, published in 1975, is widely recognized as a classic textbook.

### Books

- DeGroot, M.H. & M.J. Schervish (2011),
*Probability and Statistics*, 4th Ed, Pearson, ISBN 978-0-3215-0046-5 - DeGroot, M.H. & M.J. Schervish (2011),
*Student Solutions Manual for Probability and Statistics*, Pearson, ISBN 978-0-3217-1598-2 - DeGroot, M.H. and M.J. Schervish (2002).
*Probability and Statistics*(third ed.). Addison-Wesley. ISBN 978-0-201-52488-8. - DeGroot, M.H. (1989),
*Probability and Statistics*, 2nd Ed, Addison-Wesley, ISBN 978-0-2011-1366-2 - DeGroot, Morris H.,
*Optimal Statistical Decisions*. Wiley Classics Library. 2004. (Originally published (1970) by McGraw-Hill.) ISBN 0-471-68029-X. - DeGroot, M.H., S.E. Fienberg & J.B. Kadane (1994),
*Statistics and the Law*(1994), Wiley, ISBN 978-0-4710-5538-9 - DeGroot, M.H. and R.M. Cyert (1987).
*Bayesian Analysis and Uncertainty in Economic Theory*. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-0-8476-7471-8.

## Awards and honors

DeGroot was elected fellow of the American Statistical Association,^{[1]} the Institute of Mathematical Statistics,^{[2]} the International Statistical Institute, the Econometric Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

ISBA’s DeGroot Prize is named for him.