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October 2021 Willem van Zwet’s contributions to the profession
Nicholas I. Fisher, Adrian F. M. Smith
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Ann. Statist. 49(5): 2432-2438 (October 2021). DOI: 10.1214/21-AOS2053


Bill van Zwet’s contributions to his profession are, in their own way, comparable to his very substantial research, research supervision and teaching contributions. He had several leadership roles in professional societies, edited leading theoretical journals, started up or revived important conference series, founded a research center and played a huge role in providing colleagues in Central and Eastern Europe access to the western world of probability and statistics. And to each of these several activities, he brought farsightedness, energy and wit, qualities that shone through when he was interviewed about what he’d done (Statist. Sci. 24 (2009) 87–115). In fact, because Bill provided a wealth of detail in “the interview,” this article focuses more on the recollections of some of the people with whom he interacted.


The authors would like to thank Frank Hollander, Marie Hušková, Abram Kagan, Niels Keiding, Estate Khmaladze, Boris Levit, Stephen Stigler, Jessica Utts and Henry Wynn for assistance in the preparation of this article.


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Nicholas I. Fisher. Adrian F. M. Smith. "Willem van Zwet’s contributions to the profession." Ann. Statist. 49 (5) 2432 - 2438, October 2021.


Received: 1 January 2021; Published: October 2021
First available in Project Euclid: 12 November 2021

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/21-AOS2053

Primary: 01A70

Keywords: Bernoulli Society , EURANDOM , Institute of Mathematical Statistics , International Statistical Institute

Rights: Copyright © 2021 Institute of Mathematical Statistics


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