Archives / Archived News - May 2001  

Don King Named Professor
in the Departments of Library & Information Science (DLIS)
and Information Science & Telecommunications (DIST)


  Pittsburgh, May 2001 -- Donald W. King, has been named Research Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science (DLIS) and the Department of Information Science and Telecommunications (DIST) in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

Don King Mr. King is a prominent researcher in the areas of economic analysis, evaluation of information systems, survey research, operations research, and statistical consulting. A co-founder of Westat, Inc., he served in the positions of partner, Executive Vice President, President of Home Testing Institute, and Vice Chairman. In addition, Mr. King was Vice President of Market Facts, Inc. and Director of the Center for Quantitative Science, which became King Research, Inc. in 1976. Until 1991, Mr. King served as President of King Research, Inc., which he founded in 1976. In 1991, the company became a sole proprietorship, and in 1997, he retired to concentrate on lecturing and writing.

During his four decades in statistics and information science, Mr. King has pioneered in developing methods, measures, and models. Economic analysis has involved primarily micro-economic analysis of companies and organizations in the nformation sector. He has authored or edited 15 books (two award-winning), and has over 300 other formal publications. In the late 1970's he was named as one of the ten most-cited authors in the information science field.

"Don King will be an important resource for developing a research agenda for the Department and the School" said DLIS Chair, Christinger Tomer. "His involvement with communication in science and technology is a natural match for the School and Don King's research will bridge across many faculty interests, and the School is very fortunate to have him join us," said Dean Toni Carbo.

Included among the many honors and awards bestowed on King are: "Pioneer of Information Science Award," Chemical Heritage Foundation; Honorary Fellow, National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services; Research Award and Award of Merit, American Society for Information Science; Elected Fellow, American Statistical Association.

King holds a Bachelor and Master degree in statistics from the University of Wyoming. His most recent publication with Carol Tenopir, Towards Electronic Journals: Realities for Scientists, Librarians, and Publishers, has been reviewed as a major work on the analysis of scientific journals and academic publishing.