Ross Ihaka

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George Ross Ihaka (born 1954/1955)[1] is an Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Auckland who is recognized, along with Robert Gentleman, as one of the originators of the R programming language.[2][3]

Ihaka was born in Waiuku in the Auckland Region of New Zealand.[1] He obtained his doctorate in 1985 from the University of California, Berkeley, supervised by David R. Brillinger.[4] He received the Royal Society of New Zealand's Pickering Medal in 2008 for his work on R.[5] As of 2010, he was working on a new statistical programming language based on Lisp.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Academic unfazed by rock star status". New Zealand Herald. 10 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Ihaka, R.; Gentleman, R. (1996). "R: A Language for Data Analysis and Graphics". Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics 5 (3): 299–314. doi:10.2307/1390807. JSTOR 1390807.  edit
  3. ^ Vance, Ashlee (7 January 2009). "Data Analysts Captivated by R's Power". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  4. ^ "David's students". Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Pickering Medal: Recipients, Royal Society of New Zealand.
  6. ^ Ihaka, Ross; Temple Lang, Duncan (25 August 2008). Back to the Future: Lisp as a Base for a Statistical Computing System (PDF). Compstat 2008. 
  7. ^ Ihaka, Ross (2010). R: Lessons Learned, Directions for the Future (PDF). Joint Statistical Meetings 2010, Statistical Computing Section. 

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