Chris Heyde on Branching Processes and Population Genetics
When Chris Heyde returned to Australia in September 1968 to take up aposition as Reader in Ted Hannan’s teaching Department of Statistics in the-thenSchool of General Studies at the Australian National University, there was still astrong trend of research into population genetics emanating from Pat Moran’spurely research department in the Institute of Advanced Studies, a directionsynthesized in Moran (1962). There was also strong activity in both departmentsin the theory of branching processes. With its common focus with populationgenetics on reproduction and extinction, it was the primary interest at thetime of the author of this commentary. A strong impetus to branchingprocess theory had occurred with the appearance of the book of Harris(1963).
KeywordsCentral Limit Theorem Iterate Logarithm Selective Neutrality Offspring Distribution Asymptotic Relative Efficiency