, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 43–66 | Cite as

An interview with Laurens de Haan



Laurens de Haan was born January 15, 1937 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He graduated 1966 in mathematics and received a doctoral degree in 1970 from the University of Amsterdam, while working at the Mathematical center CWI in Amsterdam. Since 1973 he was Professor for probability and mathematical statistics at the Econometric Institute of the Economic Faculty at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he retired 1998. Since 2008 he is part-time professor at the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research of Tilburg University. Laurens de Haan has been active in research throughout his career. He has published more than 110 scientific papers. Among other distinctions, he was elected IMS fellow for his seminal contributions to extreme value theory in 1977, and he was appointed Honorary Doctor of the University of Lisbon in 2000.


Development of extreme value theory Max-stable distributions Regular variation 

AMS 2000 Subject Classifications

Primary—01A70; Secondary—60-03, 62-03 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Hamburg20146 HamburgGermany

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