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Professor Dr. Götz Trenkler, born in Dresden on July 14, 1943, studied chemistry at the Free University of Berlin from 1962 to 1965 and mathematics from 1965 to 1970, earning his doctorate in 1973. From 1974 to 1981, Mr. Trenkler worked as an academic councillor at the University of Hannover, where he habilitated in 1979 and held a professorship from 1981 to 1983. From 1983 to 2010, he held the chair of Statistics and Econometrics at our faculty as a professor, turning down a call to the University of Dresden in 1993.

Mr. Trenkler's research is in the areas of linear modeling, matrix algebra, nonparametrics, point estimation, combining economic forecasts, admissibility, and sports and statistics, and he has published outstanding research in these areas. Mr. Trenkler has been very good at communicating his enthusiasm for statistics; in 2006 and in 2007, the statistics department awarded him its teaching prize. Two absolute textbook classics, "Nonparametric Statistical Methods" (with H. Büning, 1978) and "Modern Matrix Algebra. With Applications in Statistics" (with K. Schmidt, 1998) accompany not only statistics students through their university days. His (non-statistical) book "Lexikon der populären Irrtümer" (with W. Krämer, 1996) stayed on the Spiegel bestseller list for weeks.

As dean and in his long-standing function as chairman of the doctoral committee and as library commissioner, Mr. Trenkler has worked to ensure optimal conditions for study, research and teaching at the faculty. Until 2010, Mr. Trenkler was Coordinating Editor of the journal "Statistical Papers".