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Jim Pitman

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Jim Pitman (b. in Tasmania) is a professor in the departments of statistics and mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Dr. Pitman held a position in the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge, England. Dr. Pitman has devoted much effort to promote the development of open access resources in the fields of probability and statistics. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS) from 2005 to 2008, he guided the IMS through implementation of a policy to promote open access to all of its professional journals, through systematic deposit of peer-reviewed final versions of all articles on arXiv.org and to provide technical support to other organizations willing to do the same. He has a continuing interest in the technical management of scientific information in ways that encourage individuals and small organizations to maintain high-quality knowledge repositories that are openly accessible. Dr. Pitman holds a B.Sc. in statistics from the Australian National University, Canberra, and a Ph.D. in probability and statistics from Sheffield University.

He has published extensively on probability, stochastic processes, combinatorics and is a champion for open access to resources in mathematics.

In November 2015, Pitman was named a Senior Associate Editor of the DLMF.