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Objectives and Expected Products

The Committee will maintain an archive of articles on the history of statistical methodology, official statistics, statistical computing, statistical education, survey statistics, business & industrial statistics, environmetrics, probability and stochastic processes. We will document the history of the ISI, its associations, and national statistical organizations, and develop new articles in areas of interest to the community. If you are interested in participating in the committee, please send an email by clicking on the committee chair's name below.

Committee members

Chair and liaison with ISI Executive Committee

  • vacant.


  • Amanda L. Golbeck, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA.
  • Wai Keung Li, University of Hongkong, Hongkong.
  • Georg Lindgren, Lund University, Sweden.
  • Laurent Mazliak, Sorbonne University, France.
  • Glenn Shafer, Rutgers University, USA.
  • Gerrit Stemerdink, ISI, The Netherlands

Liaison with ISI PO: Olivia van Dijck-Timbol.


WSC 2019 — invited papers session 355


  • Amanda Golbeck — Elizabeth L. Scott: A Portrait of the Statistician as a Young Woman.
  • Georg Lindgren — Steve O. Rice (1907–1986) – inspired by random noise, inspiring statistics research.
  • Jean-Louis Bodin — A view on 50 years of life of the ISI.
  • Panel discussion about the history committee.

WSC 2021 — invited paper session 88

Title:  Betty, Mario, Pilar, Danie and Esther: some important statisticians.

Much of statistical history research has focused on Europe and North America. In the context of reevaluating the social role of some of the founders of statistics, a request to provide information about researchers outside this part of the world has been made. This session is a small step in that direction. It has five speakers, each providing a short presentation of their respective statistical researchers, with their historical importance.


  • Alexandra Schmidt, McGill Univesisty, Canada.


  • Brent Henderson, CSIRO, Australia: Betty Allan, Australia.
  • Georg Lindgren, Lund University, Sweden: Mario Wschebor, Uruguay.
  • Rosangela Loschi, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil: Pilar Iglesias, Chile.
  • Peter Guttorp, Norwegian Computing Center, Norway.
  • Danie Krige, South Africa.
  • Thordis Torarinsdottir, Norwegian Computing Center, Norway.
  • Esther Samuel-Kahn, Israel.