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continued to consult for the bureau well
into his ’80s.
Among his many honors were the
Shewhart Medal, Deming Medal,
Brumbaugh Award, and Frank Wilcoxon
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and the American Statistical Association’s
W. J. Youden Award, which he received
in 1988 and 1996.
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Mandel’s work in the analysis of inter-
laboratory comparisons that offered a
basis for defining standardized test meth-
ods. He also demonstrated the need for
standard reference materials to help labo-
ratories achieve uniform results.
He received a Silver Medal in 1957
from the Department of Commerce,
and in 1973, a Gold Medal for develop-
ing statistical designs for experiments in
chemistry, physics, and engineering.
Mandel, whose given name was Joshua
Mandel, was born in Antwerp, Belgium,
and received the equivalent of a master’s
degree in chemistry from the Universite
Libre de Bruxelles in 1937. He worked
as a chemist in Belgium before the 1940
Nazi invasion forced his family and other
Jews to flee to France.
He escaped to Portugal, where he
sailed to New York. He was a chemist in
New York while studying mathematics
at night at Brooklyn College. While on
leave from his job in 1965, he earned a
doctorate in mathematical statistics from
the Eindhoven University of Technology
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in the Netherlands.
He published three books and more
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Judaism. He taught adult courses in
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