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Biographical entry Hall, Peter Gavin (1951 - 2016)

AO, FAA, FRS

Born
20 November 1951
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
9 January 2016
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Statistician

Summary

Peter Hall was an outstanding researcher in the areas of probability and theoretical and applied statistics and one of the most highly-cited people in the field. He was Professor of Statistics at the Centre for Mathematics and its Applications at the Mathematical Sciences Institute, Australian National University in Canberra for 18 years before becoming Professor of Statistics at the University of Melbourne. Hall authored well over 300 journal articles, received many awards for his efforts, was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and the Royal Society (FRS), and served on many editorial boards for top statistical journals.

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Events

1974
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1976
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the Australian National University in Canberra
1976
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Oxford, UK
1976 - 1978
Career position - Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Melbourne
1978 - 1985
Career position - Lecture then Senior Lecturer r in Statistics at the Australian National University
1984
Award - Fellow, Institute of Mathematical Statistics
1985 - 2011
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Econometric Theory
1986
Award - Australian Mathematical Society Medal received
1986
Award - Rollo Davidson Prize, University of Cambridge
1986 - 1988
Career position - Reader in Statistics at the Australian National University
1987
Award - Edgeworth David Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1987 - 2016
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1988 - 1991
Career position - Professor and Personal Chair in Statistics at the Australian National University
1989
Award - Lyle Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
1989
Award - Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Award
1989 - 2016
Award - Honorary Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society
1990
Award - Pitman Medal, Statistical Society of Australia
1991 - 2006
Career position - Professor of Statistics at the Centre for Mathematics and its Applications at the Mathematical Sciences Institute, Australian National University
1995
Award - Hannan Medal received from the Australian Academy of Science
1996
Career position - Acting Head of the Centre for Mathematics and its Applications
1996 - 2016
Award - Fellow of the American Statistical Association
1997
Education - Doctor of Science honoris causa (DSc) received from the Université Catholique de Louvin in Belgium
1997
Career position - Aisenstadt Chair at the Université de Montréal
1998 - 2008
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics
1999 - 2003
Career position - President-elect then President of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability
2000 - 2002
Career position - Centennial Professorship at the London School of Economics
2000 - 2016
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)
2001
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and science in statistics
2002 - 2007
Award - Australian Professorial Fellowship received from the Australian Research Council (ARC)
2002 - 2009
Career position - Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute
2002 - 2016
Award - Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (CorrFRSE)
2005
Education - Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Glasgow, Scotland
2005 - 2013
Career position - Distinguished Professor of Statistics, University of California, Davis, U.S.A.
2006
Award - Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture, Australian Academy of Science
2006 - 2008
Career position - President, Australian Mathematical Society
2006 - 2011
Award - Federation Fellowship, Australian Research Council
2006 - 2016
Career position - Professor of Statistics, University of Melbourne
2008 - 2011
Career position - Co-Editor, Statistica Sinica
2008 - 2011
Career position - Member of the Board, Australian Mathematics Trust
2008 - 2012
Career position - Vice-President and Secretary, Physical Sciences, Australian Academy of Science
2009
Award - DSc honoris causa, University of Sydney
2009
Award - Moyal Medal, Department of Mathematics, Macquarie University
2010
Award - George Szekeres Medal, Australian Mathematical Society
2010 - 2011
Career position - President, Institute of Mathematical Statistics
2011
Award - Guy Medal in Silver, Royal Statistical Society
2012
Award - Distinguished Service Award, Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute
2012 - 2017
Award - Laureate Fellowship, Australian Research Council
2013
Career event - Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), United States of America
2013 - 2015
Career position - Co-Editor, Annals of Statistics
26 January 2013
Award - Appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to mathematical science in the field of statistics through international contributions to research, as an academic and mentor, and through leadership of advisory and professional organisations
2014
Award - DSc honoris causa, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
2014 - 2016
Career position - Director, A. R. C. Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers
2015 - 2016
Award - Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

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Journal Articles

  • 'Obituaries', Australian Academy of Science Newsletter, no. 103, March 2016. Also available at https://www.science.org.au/node/3423. Details
  • Beran, R. J. and Fisher, N. I., 'Peter Gavin Hall, 1951 - 2016', Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, vol. 179, no. 4, 2016, pp. 1117-20. Details
  • Chen, Song Xi, 'Peter Hall's contributions to the bootstrap', Annals of Statistics, vol. 44, no. 5, 2016, pp. 1821-36. Details
  • Cheng, Ming-Yen and Fan, Jianqing, 'Peter Hall's contributions to nonparametric function estimation and modelling', Annals of Statistics, vol. 44, no. 5, 2016, pp. 1837-53. Details
  • Delaigle, Aurore, 'Peter Hall's main contributions to deconvolution', vol. 44, no. 5, 2016, pp. 1854-66. Details
  • Delaigle, Aurore and Carroll, Raymond, 'Obituary: Peter Gavin Hall 1951 - 2016', IMS Bulletin, vol. 45, no. 3, 2016, pp. 4-5. Details
  • Delaigle, Aurore and Wand, Matt P., 'A conversation with Peter Hall', Statistical Science, vol. 31, no. 2, 2016, pp. 275-304. Details
  • Müller, Hans-Georg, 'Peter Hall, functional data analysis and random objects', Annals of Statistics, vol. 44, no. 5, 2016, pp. 1867-87. Details
  • Robinson, John and Welsh, Alan H., 'Peter Gavin Hall 1951 - 2016', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 28, no. 2, 2017, pp. 171-82. Details
  • Samworth, Richard J., 'Peter Hall's work on high-dimensional data and classification', Annals of Statistics, vol. 44, no. 5, 2016, pp. 1888-95. Details
  • Wand, Matt, 'Peter Gavin Hall 20 November 1951 - 9 January 2016', Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, vol. 43, no. 1, 2016, pp. 17-9. Details

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