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Pitman Medal for Sydney University statistician



11 July 2008

Professor John Robinson, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney, has been awarded the 2008 Pitman Medal. The prestigious statistics medal is awarded by the Statistical Society of Australia and recognises outstanding achievement in and contribution to the discipline of statistics.

Professor John Robinson (left) receives his Pitman Medal from Professor William Dunsmuir, President of the Statistical Society of Australia.
Professor John Robinson (left) receives his Pitman Medal from Professor William Dunsmuir, President of the Statistical Society of Australia.

Professor Robinson was presented his medal by Professor William Dunsmuir, President of the Statistical Society of Australia, at the Australian Statistical Conference on 3 July 2008, held in Melbourne. He is only the 17th recipient of the award since the first Pitman Medal in 1978, as the medal is awarded at most once annually and often only every several years.

"Professor John Robinson has enhanced the international standing of Australia in the area of theoretical statistics. He has sustained research of the highest level for over 40 years and is acknowledged by his colleagues as a world expert on saddlepoint methods and asymptotic approximations," said Professor Dunsmuir at the medal presentation.

"His work has had considerable impact in helping to understand the behaviour of permutation tests, the bootstrap, and the performance of the chi-squared and likelihood ratio tests."

With over 100 publications in journals and books, including 22 substantial papers in the Annals and Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B Statistical Methodology (the leading journals in the area of theoretical statistics), Professor Robinson has had a major impact on statistics world-wide.


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