Carl N. Morris

Carl N. Morris

Emeritus Professor of Statistics



  • Ph.D., Stanford University, Statistics, 1966
  • M.S., Stanford University, Statistics, 1964
              University of Indiana, Mathematics, 1960-1962
  • B.S., Caltech, Aeronautical Engineering, 1960





  • 1990-2015: Professor of Statistics, Harvard FAS (Chair, 1994-2000)
  • 1990-1995: Professor of Statistics, Harvard Medical School
  • 1978-1990: Professor of Statistics, The University of Texas, Austin
  • 1967-1978: Senior Statistician, Rand Corp., Santa Monica
  • 1965-1967: Assistant Professor, Math, University of California, Santa Cruz


  • Hierarchical modeling and empirical Bayes methods
  • Exponential families of distributions
  • Bayesian and likelihood theory
  • Experimental design and social experimentation
  • Sampling theory and methods 
  • Interface between statistical theory and applications
  • Statistical theory in sports and competition
  • Statistics for Health Care and Health Services


  • 2015 Forthcoming Book:  Probability for Statistical Science, J. Blitzstein, C. Morris, Cambridge  Univ. Press.
  • Martin Lysy and Carl Morris ( 2012). “Shrinkage Estimation in Multi-Level Normal Models”. Statistical Science, Vol. 27,  No. 1, pp.115--134.
  • Carl Morris and Ruoxi Tang (2011). “Estimating Random Effects via Adjustment for Density Maximization”. Statistical Science, Vol. 26, No. 2, May 2011. pp. 271-287.
  • J. M. Bernardo, M. H. DeGroot, D. V. Lindley, Carl Morris and A. F. M. Smith (1988). “Approximating Posterior Distributions and Posterior Moments”.  Bayesian Statistics 3, eds. Oxford University Press, pp. 327-344.
  • T. Leonard, Carl Morris, and C. F. Wu ( 1983). “Parametric Empirical Bayes Confidence Intervals”. Scientific Inference, Data Analysis and Robustness, eds. G. Box,  New York, NY:  Academic Press, pp. 25-50.
  • C. Morris ( 1983). “Parametric Empirical Bayes Confidence Intervals”. Scientific Inference, Data Analysis and Robustness, eds. G. Box, T. Leonard and C. F. Wu. New York, NY: Academic Press, pp. 25-50.
  • Carl Morris (1982). “Natural Exponential Families with Quadratic Variance Functions”. Annals of Statistics, 10 (1), 65-80.
  • B. Efron and C. Morris  (1975) “Data Analysis Using Stein's Estimator and It’s Generalizations”. Journal of the American  Statistical Association, 70 (350), 311-319.

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