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Following a first in Mathematics at Auckland University and a variety of teaching and lecturing positions, John Maindonald settled down to working with other researchers as a quantitative problem solver. Until his move from New Zealand to Australia in 1996, much of his work was in plant, fruit and insect and other pest research, with industrial consulting as a sideline. He took up a position at The Australian National University (ANU) in 1998. At ANU he has relished the stimulus of working with biologists (including molecular biologists), ecologists, epidemiologists, public health researchers, demographers, computer scientists, numerical analysts, machine learners, an economic historian, forensic linguists, and a lively group of statisticians. He is the author of a book on Statistical Computation. He the senior author of "Data Analysis and Graphics Using R". This example-based exposition of practical approaches to data analysis, now into its third edition, has sold more than 10,000 copies. Now in semi-retirement, he does occasional consulting, and fronts workshops on the use of the open source R system for scientific and statistical applications and for graphics.