Ross Ihaka

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Ross Ihaka
Residence Auckland, New Zealand
Fields Statistical Computing
Institutions University of Auckland
Alma mater University of Auckland
University of California, Berkeley
Thesis Ruaumoko (1985)
Doctoral advisor David R. Brillinger
Known for R programming language
Notable awards Pickering Medal (2008)

George Ross Ihaka (born 1954)[1] is an Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Auckland who is recognized, along with Robert Gentleman, as one of the originators of the R programming language.[2][3]

He obtained his doctorate in 1985 from the University of California, Berkeley, supervised by David R. Brillinger.[4] He received the Royal Society of New Zealand's Pickering Medal in 2008 for his work on R.[5] As of 2010, he was working on a new statistical programming language based on Lisp.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Academic unfazed by rock star status". New Zealand Herald. 10 January 2009. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Vance, Ashlee (7 January 2009). "Data Analysts Captivated by R's Power". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  4. ^ "David's students". Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Pickering Medal: Recipients, Royal Society of New Zealand.
  6. ^ Ihaka, Ross; Temple Lang, Duncan (25 August 2008). Back to the Future: Lisp as a Base for a Statistical Computing System (PDF). Compstat 2008. 
  7. ^ Ihaka, Ross (2010). R: Lessons Learned, Directions for the Future (PDF). Joint Statistical Meetings 2010, Statistical Computing Section. 

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