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Biographical entry Belz, Maurice Henry (1897 - 1975)

1 February 1897
Auburn, New South Wales, Australia
28 March 1975
Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Statistician and Mathematician


Maurice Henry Belz headed the first autonomous department of statistics in Australia at the University of Melbourne (1948) and was the foundation Professor of Statistics there (1955-1963). Many of the initial generation of Australia's professional statisticians were either trained or taught in Belz's department, which ran a course for graduates from science and industry.


Born Auburn, New South Wales, 1 February 1897. Died Melbourne, 28 March 1975. Educated Universities of Sydney (BSc 1918) and Cambridge (MSc 1922). Lecturer in mathematics, University of Melbourne 1923-28; senior lecturer 1928-32; research into the application of mathematics to economics, London School of Economics and University of Oslo 1933-36; senior lecturer in mathematical economics, faculty of commerce, University of Melbourne 1937-47; associate professor of mathematical statistics 1948-54; professor of statistics 1955-63. President, French-Australian Association of Victoria 1944-70. L├ęgion d'honneur 1954.

Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Maurice Henry Belz - Records, 1914 - 1975; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

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Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Maurice H. Belz (1897-1975)', Australian Journal of Statistics, vol. 17, no. 1, 1975, pp. 56-57. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.