Photo courtesy of Laura Shiskin Rubin
Julius Shiskin (1912-1978): Before joining the Census Bureau in 1945, Shiskin was a professor of economics and statistics at Rutgers University. He also served as head economist of the War Production Board from 1942-1945. At the Census Bureau, Shiskin was chief of the Economic Research and Analysis Division and assistant director for program planning and evaluation. He was instrumental in the development of a computerized method for seasonally adjusting economic time series and was a major force in the development of the business-cycle statistics program. In 1969, Shiskin joined the Office of Management and Budget and went on to become Commissioner of Labor Statistics in 1973.
The Washington Statistical Society, American Statistical Association, and the National Association of Business Economists sponsor the annual Julius Shiskin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Economic Statistics.