Howell Tong is a statistician, working in the fields of nonlinear time series analysis and chaos. Since October 1, 2009, he has been an Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics and was twice holder of the Saw Swee Hock Professorship of Statistics at National University of Singapore. He has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Statistics at the University of Hong Kong since 2005. Tong went to England initially to study in 1961. He got his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy all from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology where he studied with Maurice Priestley. Tong remained in UMIST first as a lecturer and then as a senior lecturer. While in Manchester, he started his married life with Mary. In 1982, he moved to the Chinese University of Hong Kong where he was the founding Chair of Statistics. Four years later, he returned to England to be Chair of Statistics at the University of Kent at Canterbury until 1999. From 1999 to September 2009, Tong was a Chair of Statistics at the London School of Economics. Between 1997 and 2004, Tong was also Chair of Statistics and sometime Pro-Vice Chancellor and Founding Dean of the Graduate School, University of Hong Kong.