Serbian professor nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

KRAGUJEVAC – Miodrag Lovric, a professor of statistics at the Faculty of Economics in Kragujevac, Serbia has been nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, together with two professors from India and the United States.

( This is really unusual since he’s not an American, nor pro NATO puppet, but an ordinary poor Serbian professor. I might bet he won’t get it.)

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In a statement to Tanjug, Lovric says that the reason for his nomination is “International Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences”, which he edited.

“I have been recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize by a rector of a U.S. university, several senators from Michigan, a rector of the university in Hyderabad (India), two deans, also from India,” Lovric said.


International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science is one of the largest (if not the largest) international projects in science ever conducted since it includes 619 distinguished authors coming from 105 countries and six continents (for example, in statistics the largest international project so far was Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences that includes authors from 30 countries.It contains last papers written by Hirotugu Akaike, Nobel Laureate Sir Clive GrangerJohn Nelder and Erich Leo Lehman.

The Encyclopedia has  multidimensional goal: a) to help reviving Statistics education in many parts in the world where it is in crisis. For the first time authors from many developing countries have an opportunity to write together with the most prominent world authorities. The editor has spent several years searching for the most reputable statisticians all over the world. International contributors are either presidents of the local statistical societies, or head of the Statistics department at the main university, or the most distinguished statisticians in their countries. b) to enable any non-statistician to obtain quick and yet comprehensive and highly understandable view on certain statistical term, method or application c) to enable all the researchers, managers and practicioners to refresh their knowledge in Statistics, especially in certain controversial fields. d) to revive interest in statistics among students, since they will see its usefulness and relevance in almost all branches of Science.

The International Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences

To help mediate the lack of statistical education and statistical expertise in the spin-off countries of former Yugoslavia, Lovrić formed an organizational committee in late 2007, with one member each from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Komić, committee president), Croatia (Dumičić), Macedonia (Kalina Trenevska Blagoeva), Serbia (Milan Merkle), and Slovenia (Jože Rovan). Initially, the idea was to write and promote a dictionary of statistics with only statisticians from former Yugoslavia as contributors. Later, the name of this project was changed to lexicon of statistics. Deciding on a language for this dictionary/lexicon was difficult as many related, but different, languages are spoken in these countries. Eventually, the decision was made to publish all entries in English.

Two Serbian scientists, Lovrić and Vladislav Milošević (who passed away in 2009) were the original initiators and co-editors of the dictionary/lexicon. They came up with the idea from long discussions between Lovrić and Komić while working on their textbook, Statistička Analiza – Metode i Primjena (Statistical Analysis – Methods and Applications), that was published in 2006 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lovrić said, “I sent the first invitation to Sir David Cox on May 23, 2008.” Contributions followed from such eminent statisticians as Peter Hall, Bradley Efron, James Hamilton, Robert Tibshirani, David Moore, Ronald Iman, Peter Diggle, and E.L. Lehmann. Short articles also came in from Thomas Hettmansperger, Peter Kennedy, Geert Molenberghs, Hirotogu Akaike, and Alan Agresti.

Over time, members of the organizational committee realized statistics and statistics education was not only in decline in spin-off countries of former Yugoslavia, but in many developing countries, as well. A main focus of the project became to “help revive statistics education in developing countries.” Therefore, statistical experts from around the world, including many from developing countries, were invited to write an article. Figure 2 shows the first few paragraphs of an email invitation from May 2009 that further described the motivation for the lexicon. The name of the project changed once more to its final name, the International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science (IESS).