Milestones: DIED: W. EDWARDS DEMING

DIED. W. EDWARDS DEMING, 93, American industrial-efficiency expert and guru of the postwar Japanese economic miracle; in Washington. Deming was a modern illustration of the biblical truth that a prophet is without honor in his own land. Educated in mathematics and physics, he worked with Bell Labs' Walter Shewhart during the 1930s developing quality-control theories that stressed achieving uniform results during production rather than through inspection at the end of the production line. During World War II Deming successfully ; applied his approach to the making of airplane parts. Ignored by postwar American industry, the irascible Deming took his gospel to...

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