A Conversation with Piet Groeneboom

Geurt Jongbloed
2019 Statistical Science  
Petrus (Piet) Groeneboom was born in Scheveningen in 1941 and grew up in Voorburg. Both villages are located near The Hague in The Netherlands; Scheveningen actually being part of The Hague. He attended the gymnasium of the Huygens lyceum. In 1959, he entered the University of Amsterdam, where he studied psychology. After his "candidate" exam (com-Piet is well known for his work on shape constrained statistical inference. He worked on asymptotic theory for these problems, created algorithms to
more » ... ompute nonparametric estimates in such models and applied these models to real data. He also worked on interacting particle systems, extreme value analysis and efficiency theory for testing procedures. Piet (co-)authored four books and 64 papers and served as promotor of 13 students. He is the recipient of the 1985 Rollo Davidson prize, a fellow of the IMS and elected member of the ISI. In 2015, he delivered the Wald lecture at the Joint Statistical Meeting in Montreal. Piet and his wife Marijke live in Naarden. He has two sons, Thomas and Tim, and (since June 12, 2018) one grandson, Tarik. This conversation was held at Piet's house in Naarden,
doi:10.1214/18-sts663 fatcat:g6bzlkhk4vcarn4a3so4dcnefm