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Biographical entry Gani, Joseph Mark (1924 - 2016)


15 December 1924
Cairo, Egypt
12 April 2016


Joseph Mark Gani had a career that spanned four countries: Egypt, England, the USA and Australia. He spent the longest periods at the University of Sheffield (1965-1974) and as Chief of the CSIRO Division of Mathematics and Statistics (1974-1981). His research areas include probability and statistics and modelling of epidemics.


Born Cairo, Egypt, 15 December 1924. Educated Imperial College, London (BSc (hons) 1947, DIC 1948), Australian National University (PhD 1955) and London University (DSc 1970). Science teacher, The English School, Cairo 1942-45; Demonstrator in Applied Mathematics, Imperial College, London 1947-48; Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, University of Melbourne 1948-50; Lecturer in Mathematics, Birkbeck College, London 1951; Schoolteacher, Victorian Education Department 1952-53; Lecturer in Mathematical Statistics, University of Western Australia 1953-57, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Statistics 1957-59, Reader In Mathematical Statistics 1959-60; Senior Fellow in Statistics, Australian National University 1961-64; Professor, Department of Statistics, Michigan State University 1964-65; Professor, Department of Probability and Statistics, The University of Sheffield 1965-74; Director, Manchester-Sheffield School of Probability and Statistics 1967-74; Deputy Dean, Faculty of Pure Science, The University of Sheffield 1973-74; Chief, CSIRO Division of Mathematics and Statistics 1974-81; Professor and Chairman, Statistics and Applied Probability Program, University of California, Santa Barbara 1985-89; Professor, Department of Statistics and Applied Probability 1989-91, Acting Chairman 1990-91; Visiting Fellow, Statistics, School of Mathematical Sciences, Australian National University 1991-96; Emeritus Professor, Department of Statistics, University of California, Santa Barbara from 1994. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1976; Festschrift, Statistical Society of Australia 1988; Fellow, Australian Mathematical Society 1994; Pitman Medal, Statistical Society of Australia 1994; 1995 International Conference on Applied Probability and Time Series was in honour of Gani and the late E.J. Hannan (qv). President, Australian Mathematical Society 1978-80.


Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
26 January 2000
Award - Appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
01 January 2001
Award - Awarded the Centenary Medal

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