Peter Gavin Hall
Professor Peter Gavin Hall, in his office at The University of Melbourne on 13 March 2007
|Born||Peter Gavin Hall
20 November 1951
|Died||9 January 2016
|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. The School of Mathematics and Statistics Building at The University of Melbourne was renamed the Peter Hall building in his honor on 9 December 2016.
Hall was an author in probability and statistics. Mathscinet lists him with 606 publications as of January 2016. Google Scholar lists him with an h-index of 113 as of December 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, and also had a joint appointment at University of California Davis. 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. He is one of only three researchers based outside of North America to win the prestigious COPSS Presidents' Award.
Major Honours and Awards
- 2013 Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences
- 2013 Officer of the Order of Australia
- 2011 Guy Medal in Silver
- 2010 George Szekeres Medal
- 2009 Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the The University of Sydney
- 2007 Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture 
- 2000 Fellow of the Royal Society of London
- 1996 Fellow of the American Statistical Association
- 1994 Hannan Medal of the Australian Academy of Science
- 1990 Pitman Medal from the Statistical Society of Australia
- 1989 Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Award
- 1987 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
- 1986 Rollo Davidson Prize, University of Cambridge
- 1986 Australian Mathematical Society Medal
- 1986 Edgeworth David Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales 
- 1984 Fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics
- 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
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. 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.
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- "University of Melbourne Media Release: Peter Hall Building".
- "UCDavis - History of the Department of Statistics". Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- "ISI Highly Cited website".
- "News from the National Academy of Sciences 2013". 30 April 2013.
- "Science staff and alumni receive Australia Day honours 2013". 14 February 2013.
- "Peter Hall accepts Guy Medal". RSSeNews. Royal Statistical Society. 3 June 2011.
- "George Szekeres Medal for 2010". 10 January 2010.
- "University of Sydney Honorary Awards: Professor Peter Gavin Hall". Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- "Awardees for 2007". Australian Academy of Science. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
- List of Fellows of the Royal Society G,H,I
- "Statistical Society of Australia, Pitman Medal". Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- Rollo Davidson Prize
- Australian Mathematical Society Medal
- Goss, W. Miller; McGee, Richard X. (24 September 2009). Under the Radar: The First Woman in Radio Astronomy. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-642-03141-0.
- University of Melbourne, School of Mathematics and Statistics: Professor Peter Hall
- The Mathematics Genealogy Project: Peter Gavin Hall
- Google Scholar: Peter Hall
- Peter Hall Memorial Conference, University of California, Davis
- University of California, Davis: Peter G. Hall In Memoriam
- Peking University: Mourning for Peter Hall