Bertil Matérn

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Bertil Matérn
Born(1917-05-18)May 18, 1917
DiedNovember 6, 2007(2007-11-06) (aged 90)
Alma materStockholm University
Known forMatérn covariance function
Spouse(s)Carin Berglund (m. 1947)
Scientific career
FieldsSpatial statistics
Forestry statistics
Point processes
InstitutionsForestry Research Institute of Sweden
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ThesisSpatial Variation: Stochastic models and their application to some problems in forest surveys and other sampling investigations (1960)
Doctoral advisorHarald Cramér

Bertil Matérn (18 May 1917 – 6 November 2007) was a Swedish statistician. The Matérn covariance function is named after him.

Life and work[edit]

Bertil Matérn was born on 18 May 1917 in Gothenburg, Sweden, to Ernst Matérn, a pharmacist, and Hedvig Rhedin.[1] [2] He studied at Stockholm University, under the supervision of Harald Cramér. [3] He was employed at the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden, where he worked on forestry statistics.

Matérn married Carin Berglund in 1947. They had two daughters, Barbro and Gunhild. Matérn died on 6 November 2007 in Danderyd.


  1. ^ Ranneby, Bo; von Segebaden, Gustaf (12 November 2007). "Bertil Matérn avliden". Skogen. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Matérn, E Bertil E". Vem är det : Svensk biografisk handbok. 1969. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  3. ^ Lindgren, Georg; Guttorp, Peter (6 December 2018). "Bertil Matérn" (PDF). Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online. John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118445112.stat08143. Retrieved 5 May 2019.