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JOSEPH M. JURAN

1904–2008


Elected in 1988


“For pioneering contributions in developing the practice of statistical quality control, and in developing engineering design principles based on statistical concepts.”


BY KENNETH E. CASE


JOSEPH M. JURAN, founder of the Juran Institute for Leadership in Quality and a pioneer, teacher, consultant, and guru of quality control, died on February 28, 2008, at the age of 103. He was elected a member of NAE in 1988 for “pioneering contributions in developing the practice of statistical quality control, and in developing engineering design principles base on statistical concepts.”

Joseph Moses Juran was born on December 24, 1904, in Romania. Eight years later, the family immigrated to Minneapolis to escape poverty and the threat of violence against Jews. Joseph became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1917 and served as a second lieutenant, eventually captain, in the U.S. Army Signal Corps Reserve performing cryptanalysis.

He went on to become the world-renowned elder statesman of quality control. His 75-year career included 17 years at Western Electric, four years on loan to the Lend Lease Administration beginning soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and more than 50 years as a management consultant. Joseph was not only a pioneer in the field of quality control field, but was also one of the most revered leaders in the field.



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