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Leslie Kish (July 27, 1910 - October 7, 2000) was an American statistician and survey methodologist. In his 1965 book Survey Sampling, he summarized and developed the current theory of sampling and survey design. He was also a noted teacher at the University of Michigan and a regular lecturer at the London School of Economics.
Kish was hired by the U.S. Bureau of the Census in 1940, and in 1941 moved to the Division of Program Surveys of the Department of Agriculture. From 1942 to 1945 he served as a meteorologist in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After World War II, he returned to the Department of Agriculture, but in 1947 moved to the University of Michigan as a member of the newly created Survey Research Center, which later became the Institute for Social Research (ISR). While working full time, Kish received an M.A. in mathematical statistics in 1948 and a Ph.D. in sociology in 1952. He became a lecturer at the University of Michigan in 1951, an Associate Professor in 1956, a professor in 1960 and professor emeritus in 1981.