Ross Ihaka

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Ross Ihaka
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Ihaka at the 2010 New Zealand Open Source Awards
Alma materUniversity of Auckland
University of California, Berkeley
Known forR programming language
AwardsPickering Medal (2008)
Scientific career
FieldsStatistical Computing
InstitutionsUniversity of Auckland
ThesisRuaumoko (1985)

George Ross Ihaka is a New Zealand statistician who is recognized, along with Robert Gentleman, as one of the originators of the R programming language.[1][2][3] He retired as an associate professor of statistics at the University of Auckland in 2017.[4]

Ihaka obtained his doctorate in 1985 from the University of California, Berkeley.[5] He received the Royal Society of New Zealand's Pickering Medal in 2008 for his work on R.[6] As of 2010, he was working on a new statistical programming language based on Lisp.[7][8] The Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland started a public lecture series in his honour in 2017.[9]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Vance, Ashlee (7 January 2009). "Data Analysts Captivated by R's Power". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Academic unfazed by rock star status". New Zealand Herald. 10 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Ross Ihaka retires from the Department of Statistics - The University of Auckland". Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  5. ^ "David's students". Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  6. ^ Pickering Medal: Recipients, Royal Society of New Zealand.
  7. ^ Ihaka, Ross; Temple Lang, Duncan (25 August 2008). Back to the Future: Lisp as a Base for a Statistical Computing System (PDF). Compstat 2008.
  8. ^ Ihaka, Ross (2010). R: Lessons Learned, Directions for the Future (PDF). Joint Statistical Meetings 2010, Statistical Computing Section.
  9. ^ "Ihaka Lecture Series - The University of Auckland". Retrieved 17 September 2018.

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