Peter Gavin Hall

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Peter Gavin Hall
Born (1951-11-20) 20 November 1951 (age 62)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australia
Fields Mathematics, statistics
Alma mater University of Sydney
Australian National University
University of Oxford
Doctoral advisor John Kingman
Notable awards Rollo Davidson Prize (1986)

Peter Gavin Hall FAA FRS AO (born 20 November 1951) is an Australian researcher in probability theory and mathematical statistics. He earned his Doctorate at the University of Oxford in 1976.


Dr. Hall was born to radiophysics and radio astronomy pioneer Ruby Payne-Scott and telephone technician William Holman Hall. His younger sister is artistic photographer and sculptor, Fiona Margaret Hall.

Hall is among the world's most prolific and highly cited authors in both probability and statistics. Mathscinet lists him with more than 500 publications as of January 2008. He has made very substantial and important contributions to nonparametric statistics, in particular for curve estimation and resampling: the bootstrap method, smoothing, density estimation, and bandwidth selection. He has worked on numerous applications across fields of economics, engineering, physical science and biological science. Hall has also made groundbreaking contributions to surface roughness measurement using fractals. In probability theory he has made many contributions to limit theory, spatial processes and stochastic geometry. His paper "Theoretical comparison of bootstrap confidence intervals" (Annals of Statistics, 1988) has been reprinted in the Breakthroughs in Statistics collection.

Professor Hall is currently an ARC Federation Fellow at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne,[1] and also has a joint appointment at University of California Davis.[2] He previously held a professorship at the Centre for Mathematics and its Applications at the Australian National University.

Most Recent Honours and Awards[edit]


  • P. Hall; C.C. Heyde (1980): Martingale Limit Theory and its Application, Academic Press, New York. ISBN 0-12-319350-8
  • P. Hall (1982): Rates of Convergence in the Central Limit Theorem, Pitman, London. ISBN 0-273-08565-4
  • P. Hall (1988): Introduction to the Theory of Coverage Processes, Wiley, New York. ISBN 0-471-85702-5
  • P. Hall (1992): The Bootstrap and Edgeworth Expansion, Springer, New York. ISBN 0-387-97720-1


  1. ^ Editors (May–June 2006). "Seven New Federation Fellows for Melbourne". UniNews (The University of Melbourne) 15 (9). Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ "UCDavis - History of the Department of Statistics". Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Peter Hall accepts Guy Medal". RSSeNews. Royal Statistical Society. 3 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "George Szekeres Medal for 2010" 2010-01-10,

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