• Inducted in 2004
  • Education
  • Born March 14, 1942

Edward Tufte

Edward Tufte has written, designed, and self-published four books on analytical design: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983, 2001), Envisioning Information (1990), Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative (1997), and Beautiful Evidence (2005). One million copies are in print.

He is currently writing a book, constructing large-scale landscape sculptures, and consulting for NASA.

He teaches a one-day course in analytical design, which 120,000 people have attended. For thirty-two years he taught at Princeton University and Yale University, and is currently Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Statistics, and Computer Science at Yale. He received a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford, a Ph.D. from Yale, and seven honorary doctorates. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

He has consulted for NASA, the Bureau of the Census, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Science Foundation, Bose, IBM, The New York Times, Fidelity Investments, NBC, CBS, Sun Microsystems, Medtronic, Lotus Development, New Jersey Transit, Hewlett-Packard, Newsweek, Thomson Consumer Electronics, and various law firms.

His recent landscape sculptures include Larkin’s Twig, Spring-Arcs, the series Escaping Flatland 1-10, and the series Millstones 1-6.

In 1985, he created the Fresh Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, a permanent land trust, by stopping the proposed development and then raising all the funds for purchase of thirty-one acres along the Mill River in Cheshire, Connecticut.

Please note: Content of biography is presented here as it was published in 2004.