Claus Moser, Baron Moser

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Moser
Sir Claus Moser in 1980.jpg
Director of the Central Statistical Office
In office
Preceded by Harry Campion
Succeeded by John Boreham
Personal details
Born Claus Adolf Moser
(1922-11-24)24 November 1922
Berlin, German Reich
Died 4 September 2015(2015-09-04) (aged 92)
Chur, Switzerland
Citizenship British
Nationality German
Spouse(s) Mary Oxlin
Education Frensham Heights School
Alma mater London School of Economics
Occupation Statistician
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1943–1946

Claus Adolf Moser, Baron Moser, KCB, CBE (24 November 1922 – 4 September 2015) was a British statistician who made major contributions in both academia and the Civil Service.[1][2] He prided himself rather on being a non-mathematical statistician, and said that the thing that frightened him most in his life was when Maurice Kendall asked him to teach a course on analysis of variance at the LSE.[3]


Claus Adolf Moser was born in Berlin in 1922. His father was Dr Ernst (Ernest) Moser (1885–1957), owner of the Bank "Ernst Moser & Co." in Berlin (est. 1902, liquidated in 1937). His mother was Lotte (née Goldberg, 1897–1976), a talented amateur musician. In 1936 he moved to England with his parents and his brother Heinz Peter August. He went to Frensham Heights School and the London School of Economics (LSE). Despite being Jewish, in 1940, he was interned as an enemy alien in Huyton Camp.

After four months, he was released and served in the Royal Air Force, 1943–1946. He then returned to LSE as Assistant Lecturer, then Lecturer, in Statistics, 1946–1955; Reader in Social Statistics, 1955–1961; Professor of Social Statistics, 1961–1970; Visiting Professor of Social Statistics, 1970–1975.

In 1965 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.[4] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1965 New Year Honours,[5] and in 1965, he applied for a job at the Central Statistical Office but was rejected, as a former enemy alien. However, this did not seem to be a problem when in 1967 Harold Wilson appointed him Director of the Central Statistical Office. He was made a Knight Commander of the Bath (KCB) in the 1973 New Year Honours.[6] He resigned as Director in 1978.

He held a very wide variety of other posts. These included:

He was made a life peer with the title Baron Moser, of Regent's Park in the London Borough of Camden on 23 June 2001.[8] Other honours included the Albert Medal of the Royal Society of Arts, 1996, Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mérite (France), 1976; Commander's Cross, Order of Merit (Germany), 1985.

Moser also received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1995.[9]

Moser died in Switzerland on 4 September 2015, following a stroke.[10]

The Claus Moser Research Centre[edit]

In 1997, Claus Moser participated in a ceremony at Keele University to mark the start of construction of the Claus Moser Research Centre, a dedicated research facility for the Humanities and Social Sciences.[11] He returned to the university in June 2008 to participate in the official opening of the £3.5m building.[12]

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Government offices
Preceded by
Harry Campion
Director of the Central Statistical Office
Succeeded by
John Boreham
Academic offices
Preceded by
Stuart Hampshire
Warden of Wadham College, Oxford
Succeeded by
John S. Flemming
Preceded by
HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
Chancellor of Keele University
Succeeded by
David Weatherall