Edward Rolf Tufte (born 1940) is a professor of statistics, graphic design, and political economy at Yale University and an expert in the presentation of informational graphics, such as infographics, charts and graphs. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences.
Tufte's Yale Ph.D thesis was The civil rights movement and its opposition (1968).
Early in his career, Tufte wrote several books about using statistics to analyze political issues:
- 1973: Size & Democracy (with Robert A. Dahl). ISBN 0804708347
- 1974: Data Analysis for Politics and Policy. ISBN 0131975412
- 1978: Political Control of the Economy. ISBN 0691021805
The following books, all published by Tufte's own Graphics Press, make up the core of Tufte's work, documenting how to best display different forms of information with copious examples and commentary:
- 1983: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (pictures of numbers). ISBN 096139210X
- 1990: Envisioning Information (pictures of nouns). ISBN 0961392118
- 1997: Visual Explanations (pictures of verbs). ISBN 0961392126
- Chapter 2 published as Visual & Statistical Thinking: Displays of Evidence for Decision Making. ISBN 0961392134
- Forthcoming: Beautiful Evidence (2005)
- portion published as The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint