Peter Gavin Hall

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Peter Gavin Hall
Peter Gavin Hall 13 March 2007.JPG
Professor Peter Gavin Hall, in his office at The University of Melbourne on 13 March 2007
Born (1951-11-20)20 November 1951
Sydney
Died 9 January 2016(2016-01-09) (aged 64)
Melbourne
Nationality Australian
Fields Mathematics, statistics
Institutions Australian National University, University of California Davis, University of Melbourne
Alma mater University of Sydney
Australian National University
University of Oxford
Doctoral advisor John Kingman

Peter Gavin Hall AO FAA FRS (20 November 1951 – 9 January 2016) was an Australian researcher in probability theory and mathematical statistics. The American Statistical Association described him as one of the most influential and prolific theoretical statisticians in the history of the field.[1]

Academic career[edit]

Hall was an author in probability and statistics. Mathscinet lists him with 606 publications as of January 2016. He made contributions to nonparametric statistics, in particular for curve estimation and resampling: the bootstrap method, smoothing, density estimation, and bandwidth selection. He worked on numerous applications across fields of economics, engineering, physical science and biological science. Hall also made contributions to surface roughness measurement using fractals. In probability theory he 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.

Hall earned his Doctorate at the University of Oxford in 1976. He was an ARC Laureate Fellow at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne,[2] and also had a joint appointment at University of California Davis.[3] He previously held a professorship at the Centre for Mathematics and its Applications at the Australian National University. He is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher.[4] He is one of only three researchers based outside of North America to win the COPSS Presidents' Award, arguably the world's most prestigious award for research statisticians.

Major Honours and Awards[edit]

Published Books[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

Personal life[edit]

Peter 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 was a keen photographer with a special interest in train photography.[1] He enjoyed travel and was a regular visitor to many universities around the world. He died of leukemia in Melbourne on 9 January 2016. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American Statistical Association, Obituary — Peter G. Hall". Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.arc.gov.au/media/fl11/pdf/Peter_Hall_bio.pdf
  3. ^ "UCDavis - History of the Department of Statistics". Retrieved 4 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "ISI Highly Cited website". 
  5. ^ "News from the National Academy of Sciences 2013". 30 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Science staff and alumni receive Australia Day honours 2013". 14 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Peter Hall accepts Guy Medal". RSSeNews. Royal Statistical Society. 3 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "George Szekeres Medal for 2010". 10 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "University of Sydney Honorary Awards: Professor Peter Gavin Hall". Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Awardees for 2007". Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved 18 September 2015. 
  11. ^ List of Fellows of the Royal Society G,H,I
  12. ^ http://www.amstat.org/awards/fellowslist.cfm
  13. ^ "Statistical Society of Australia, Pitman Medal". Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  14. ^ COPSS Presidents' Award
  15. ^ http://www.sciencearchive.org.au/fellows/fellowship-list.html
  16. ^ Rollo Davidson Prize
  17. ^ Australian Mathematical Society Medal
  18. ^ http://www.royalsoc.org.au/awards/edgeworth_david.htm
  19. ^ http://imstat.org/awards/honored_fellows.htm

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