Walter Andrew Shewhart

b. 18 March 1891 d. 11 March 1967
  • Denis Bayart


Shewhart was the father of statistical methods of quality control. His methods were closely related to an epistemology of physics and application to economics and industry in his time.


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  4. Industrial Quality Control. (1967), 24. Special Issue in Memory of Shewhart, containing several testimonials.Google Scholar
  5. Shewhart, W.A. (1931). Economic Control of Quality of Manufactured Products. Van Nostrand, New York and MacMillan, London (501 pages).Google Scholar
  6. Shewhart, W.A. (1939). Statistical Methods from the Viewpoint of Quality Control. The Graduate School, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C. (105 pages). (Republished by Dover Publications with a new Foreword by W.E. Deming in 1986).Google Scholar

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