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Joachim Hartung was born on February 13, 1948 in Güntersleben (district of Gotha). He studied mathematics at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn from 1966 to 1971 and also received his Ph.D. there in 1972. From 1971 to 1975 Joachim Hartung was employed as a research assistant at the Chair of Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Bonn.

Early on Joachim Hartung developed an interest in applied problems of statistics and from 1975 to 1979 he was Professor of Applied Statistics at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Bonn. In the summer semester of 1979 he was Professor of Mathematical Statistics at the Westphalian-Wilhelms University of Münster and already in the winter semester of 1979 he moved to the University of Dortmund. There he belonged to the first generation of professors of the then Department of Statistics. Joachim Hartung remained loyal to Dortmund University until his retirement in August 2013. He turned down calls to the Technical University of Vienna and the Bundeswehrhochschule in Hamburg.

Joachim Hartung was THE HARTUNG. His 1982 book Statistics - Lehr- und Handbuch der angewandten Statistik (with Bärbel Elpelt and Karl-Heinz Klösener) is a standard work of statisticians in German-speaking countries. The book was revised for the 4th edition in 1984 and, together with his wife Bärbel Elpelt-Hartung, further expanded for the 15th edition in 2009. In addition, Joachim Hartung was co-author of other textbooks on applied statistics.

From 1993 to 2002, Joachim Hartung was the speaker of the Research Training Group Applied Statistics, the first Research Training Group at the Department of Statistics of the University of Dortmund, and from 2002 to 2006 the speaker of the subsequent Research Training Group Statistical Modeling.

A new research impulse for Joachim Hartung resulted from his participation in the Collaborative Research Center 475 "Complexity Reduction in Multivariate Data Structures". From 1997 to 2003 he was head of the project "Meta-Analysis in Biometry and Epidemiology". Numerous publications on meta-analysis were produced; one paper was awarded the Thomas L. Saaty Prize in 2006. In 2008, the book "Statistical Meta-Analysis with Applications" was published, of which he was a co-author.

Since the mid-1980s, Joachim Hartung has repeatedly been involved in the design and analysis of clinical trials. His last research area also came from the field of clinical trials. He made his last scientific contributions to adaptive group sequential clinical trials.


The Technical University of Dortmund and the Faculty of Statistics mourn the death of

University Professor em. Dr. Joachim Hartung

* February 13, 1948 † February 28, 2014

Prof. Joachim Hartung came to the University of Dortmund in 1979 and belonged to the first generation of professors of the then Department of Statistics.

For 34 years he held the chair of statistics with applications in engineering. He was involved as dean and in the academic self-administration.

Prof. Hartung was one of the outstanding representatives of his subject in Germany. His fundamental scientific works, writings and textbooks gave him a high national and international reputation.

The TU Dortmund and the Faculty of Statistics will remember Prof. Hartung as a very creative and dedicated colleague. Our sympathy goes to his relatives.

Dortmund University of Technology

The Rector University Professor Dr. Ursula Gather

The Dean of the Faculty of Statistics University Professor Dr. Katja Ickstadt