Peter Bickel received a Doctor honoris causa from ETH Zurich on November 22, 2014. The translation (from German) of the laudatio reads “…for fundamental contributions in semiparametric, robust and high-dimensional statistics, and for seminal influence in mathematical statistics and its applications.” (The full text, in German, is at

Peter Bickel is Professor of Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as President of IMS and the Bernoulli Society, and gave the Wald Lectures in 1980 and the Rietz lecture in 2004. He has been a Guggenheim (1970) and MacArthur (1984) Fellow, was the first COPSS Presidents’ Award winner, and he gave the COPSS Fisher Lecture in 2013. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 1986, and the CR and Bhargavi Rao Prize in 2009. Peter is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2006, he was appointed to the knightly grade of Commander in the Order of Oranje-Nassau by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, for his extraordinary services and professional contributions. (He is also a contributing editor of the IMS Bulletin!)

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Peter Bickel (left) with Peter Bühlmann, who read the laudatio.
Photo courtesy of ETH Zürich / Giulia Marthaler