User:Richard D. Gill

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I am an emeritus professor of Mathematical Statistics in the department of mathematics, science faculty, University of Leiden, Netherlands. My scientific interests are in statistics, probability, history and philosophy of both. I have worked both on the pure theory of statistics, and in various application fields, in particular: medical statistics, survival analysis, quantum statistics, quantum information, forensic statistics, scientific integrity. On the theoretical side I am interested in asymptotic theory, in particular, non-parametric maximum likelihood, asymptotic optimality for estimation of infinite dimensional parameters, the functional delta method. Biographical detail: I was born in 1951 in the UK but spent my professional life in the Netherlands.

I'm interested in foraging for edible wild mushrooms; and in meditation (Vipassana) and Buddhism (Theravada).

My homepage at Leiden University is

Some time ago I spent a lot of time on Wikipedia talking and learning and fighting about the Monty Hall problem. I am still busy there on several topics, for instance: p-values


Academic credentials:

  • 1973, B.A. degree, 1st class, in Mathematics from University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • 1974, Diploma in Statistics, with distinction, from University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • 1979. Ph.D. degree in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, from Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Work and other experience:

  • 1974 - 1983, Research associate in Department of Mathematical Statistics, Mathematical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1979 - 1982, Part-time research associate at Interfaculty for Actuarial Science and Econometrics, Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1980 (four months), Researcher at Statistical Research Unit, Danish Medical and Social Sciences Research Councils, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1983 - 1988, Head of Department of Mathematical Statistics, Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1986 - 1990, Special professorship at University of Leiden, Netherlands
  • 1988 - 2006, Professor in Department of Mathematics, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1998 - 2006, Various sabbaticals at other universities and a guest professorship at Aarhus University, Denmark
  • 2006 - to date, Professor of Mathematical Statistics, University of Leiden, Netherlands

Distinctions, special invitations, appointments and awards

  • 1981, Invited lecturer at Summer School of Probability, Kuusamo, Finland
  • 1984, Elected member of International Statistical Institute
  • 1988, Lecture course on semiparametric models at the University of Michigan at East Lansing, Michigan
  • 1989, Special invited lecture at the Institute of Mathematical Statistics meeting at Davis, California
  • 1989, Elected fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics
  • 1990–1996, Editor-in-chief of Statistica Neerlandica
  • 1990 Winner of van Dantzig prize (awarded every 5 years by Dutch Statistical Society)
  • 1992 Lecturer at Saint-Flour Summer School of Probability
  • 1995 Keynote speaker at First Seattle Symposium in Biostatistics, Seattle, Washington
  • 1998 Opening lecture, 22nd European Meeting of Statisticians, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1999 Elected member of Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences
  • 2001 Invited lecture course at University of Vannes, Brittany, France
  • 2003 Read paper to Royal Statistical Society, London on quantum statistics
  • 2006 Invited lecture course on quantum statistics, ENS, Paris
  • 2007– President of Dutch society for statistics and operations research
  • 2008 LeCam lecture at joint meeting of Statistical Society of Canada and French Statistical Society at Ottawa, Canada
  • 2009 etc etc ... to be continued


  • Coeditor, associate editor, or editorial board member of eleven scholarly journals devoted to mathematics and statistics
  • Participated in the organization of 23 international conferences and workshops
  • Invited lecturer at more than 35 conferences and workshops
  • More details are available online at Curriculum Vitae R.D. Gill