Duncan Temple Lang

Portrait of Duncan Temple Lang outside the Graduate Center at Walker Hall

Position Title
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Professor, Department of Statistics


Professor Temple Lang earned a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the faculty of the Department of Statistics at UC Davis in 2004 after serving on the technical staff of AT&T Bell Laboratories. His international reputation as a member of the core development team of the R system, a computing language and environment widely used worldwide by statisticians, is indisputable. He has authored or significantly contributed to more than 120 R packages released as part of the Omegahat project. He is the co-author of 2 books and is one of 4 co-editors of “The R series”, a book series. He currently serves as Director of the Data Science Initiative.

Professor Temple Lang has extensive experience in Graduate Education, having served as Master Adviser in the Graduate Program in Statistics, member of the Graduate Council, member of the Graduate Educational Policy, member and vice chair of the Graduate Program Review Committee, and member, vice chair, and chair of the Graduate Program Review Closure Committee. These experiences have given him the opportunity to interact frequently with Graduate Studies staff and prepared him remarkably for the duties of the interim associate dean for graduate programs.

Education and Degree(s)
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley