Melvin J. Hinich

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Melvin J. Hinich
Born(1939-04-29)April 29, 1939
DiedSeptember 6, 2010(2010-09-06) (aged 71)

Melvin Jay "Mel" Hinich (April 29, 1939 – September 6, 2010) [1] was a professor of government and economics at the University of Texas at Austin.[2] Hinich was also a research professor at UT's Applied Research Laboratories.[2] Known as an expert in political science with a long record of distinction in a number of fields, he wrote seven books and published more than 200 papers in statistics/statistical theory, signal processing, economics, political science, biomedical engineering, pharmacy, and library science.[2][3]


Hinich was born on April 29, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1966, he married Sonje Gregg and the couple had a daughter, Amy Leksana.


Hinich attended Carnegie Institute of Technology where he earned a B.S. in Mathematics in 1959 as well as an M.S. in Mathematics in 1960.[2] In 1963, he earned a Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University.[2][3] Hinich's advisor while at Stanford was Herman Chernoff.[4]

Editorial experience and professional affiliations[edit]

At various times throughout his career, Hinich served as editor for Macroeconomic Dynamics, Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, and Journal of Mathematical Sociology.[5] He became a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 1973, a fellow of the Public Choice Society in 1988, and was president of that organization from 1992-1994.[5] Hinich was elected as a fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2002.[6]

Academic influence[edit]

Michael Munger was reported to have been heavily influenced by Hinich.[7]


Hinich died on September 6, 2010 after falling down a staircase.[3] He is survived by his wife and daughter.[3]



  • The Spatial Theory of Voting: An Introduction (with J. Enelow), Cambridge University Press, January (1984)
  • Advances in the Spatial Theory of Voting, J. Enelow and M. J. Hinich (eds.), Cambridge University Press (1990)
  • Political Economy: Institutions, Competition, and Representation, W. Barnett, M. J. Hinich, and N. J. Schofield (eds.), Cambridge University Press (1993).
  • Ideology and the Theory of Political Choice, (with M. C. Munger), University of Michigan Press, (1994)
  • Analytical Politics (with M.C. Munger) Cambridge University Press, (1997). Empirical Studies in Comparative Politics, (with M.C. Munger) Kluwer Academic Publishers,(1999)
  • Topics in Analytical Political Economy, M. J. Hinich and W. Barnett (editors), Elsevier, Oxford (ISBN 978-0-444-53137-7) (2007)
  • Consumer Protection Legislation and the U. S. Food Industry (with R. Staelin), Pergamon Press, (1980).
  • Introduction to Continuous Probability Theory, (with K. D. MacKenzie), Charles E. Merrill Publishing Co., (1969).


  • Inbody, Donald S.; Hinich, Melvin J. (January 2009). "Randomly Modulated Periodicities in Relative Sunspot Numbers". hdl:10877/3983. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Dubnov, Shlomo; Hinich, Melvin J. (January 2009). "Analyzing several musical instrument tones using the randomly modulated periodicity model". Signal Processing. 89 (1): 24–30. doi:10.1016/j.sigpro.2008.07.006.


  1. ^ University of Texas at Austin, September 7, 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e "Melvin J. Hinich". The Bush School of Government and Public Service. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Collin Eaton (September 9, 2010). "Professor survived by spouse, daughter". The Daily Texan. Austin, Texas: Texas Student Media. Archived from the original on September 13, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  4. ^ Stanford University Department of Statistics. "Alumni 1963 - 1964". Palo Alto, California: Stanford University. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Rowley, Charles K.; Schneider, eds. (2004). "Biographies". The Encyclopedia of Public Choice. Vol. 2. Springer. pp. 358–359. ISBN 9780792386070.
  6. ^ ASA Fellows, retrieved 2010-09-27.
  7. ^ Rowley p.377

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