A Statistician’s Progress from Berlin to Chapel Hill

  • Wassily Hoeffding
Part of the Springer Series in Statistics book series (SSS)


I was born in 1914 in Mustamaki, Finland, near St. Petersburg (now Leningrad). Finland was at that time part of the Russian Empire. My father, whose parents were Danish, was an economist and a disciple of Peter Struve, the Russian social scientist and public figure. An uncle of my father’s was Harald Hoeffding, the philosopher. My mother, née Wedensky, had studied medicine. Both grandfathers had been engineers.


Indian Statistical Institute Military Family International Statistical Institute Stateless Person Communist Party Member 
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Publications and References

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