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History of the Seminar


The history of modern Statistics at ETH Zurich goes back to the1940s. In 1948 Prof. Arthur Linder, who had so far been in Geneva, was also given half a professorship in Applied Statistics in Zurich. The subsequent effort towards the establishment of a regular Chair of Statistics at the Department of Mathematics and Physics succeeded with the appointment of Peter Huber in 1964. Thanks to the widening recognition of this area's importance, a second full professorship in Statistics was set up after Arthur Linder's retirement in 1974. This new position brought Frank Hampel to ETH Zurich. Peter Huber took up a position at Harvard in 1978, and Hansruedi Künsch was subsequently chosen as his successor in 1982. Some one and a half decades later, in 1997, a third Chair was established - a post taken up by Peter Bühlmann. In September 2005, Sara van de Geer became the successor to Frank Hampel, who retired in March 2006. Finally, Marloes Maathuis joined as an assistant professor in September 2007.

Statistical Consulting and Computing are key practical activities which benefit greatly from a certain level of continuity. To this end Werner Stahel, who had started as a doctoral student in 1976, and Martin Mächler, who joined the group in 1984, were given permanent positions created to serve these two areas. Hans-Rudolf Roth joined the consulting team in the autumn of 1993, and retired in 2009. His position was subsequently taken over by Markus Kalisch.




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