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Robert Gentleman (statistician)

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Robert C. Gentleman is a Canadian statistician and bioinformatician currently working for Genentech
Genentech Inc., or Genetic Engineering Technology, Inc., is a biotechnology corporation, founded in 1976 by venture capitalist Robert A. Swanson and biochemist Dr. Herbert Boyer. Trailing the founding of Cetus by five years, it was an important step in the evolution of the biotechnology industry...

. He is recognized, along with Ross Ihaka
Ross Ihaka
Ross Ihaka is an Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Auckland, who is recognized, along with Robert Gentleman, as one of the originators of the R programming language...

, as one of the originators of the R programming language  and associated software packages like Bioconductor
Bioconductor is a free, open source and open development software project for the analysis and comprehension of genomic data generated by wet lab experiments in molecular biology....

. He got his Ph.D.
A Ph.D. is a Doctor of Philosophy, an academic degree.Ph.D. may also refer to:* Ph.D. , a 1980s British group*Piled Higher and Deeper, a web comic strip*PhD: Phantasy Degree, a Korean comic series* PhD Docbook renderer, an XML renderer...

 degree in Statistics
Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data. It deals with all aspects of this, including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments....

 from University of Washington
University of Washington
University of Washington is a public research university, founded in 1861 in Seattle, Washington, United States. The UW is the largest university in the Northwest and the oldest public university on the West Coast. The university has three campuses, with its largest campus in the University...

 in 1988.


Gentleman won the Benjamin Franklin Award
Benjamin Franklin Award (Bioinformatics)
The Benjamin Franklin Award is an award for Open Access in the Life Sciences presented by the Bioinformatics Organization-Laureates:*2002 - Michael B. Eisen*2003 - Jim Kent*2004 - Lincoln D. Stein*2005 - Ewan Birney*2006 - Michael Ashburner...

in 2008.