To content


Professor Dr. Wolfgang Urfer was born on January 24, 1942 and studied mathematics and physics at the University of Stuttgart. After a short teaching career at the Gymnasium, he became an assistant at the University of Hohenheim in 1969. In 1975, he received his doctorate from the Ruhr University in Bochum, where he also worked as a scientific assistant for mathematics in 1976.

In 1977, Mr. Urfer became a member of the Department of Statistics at the Technical University of Dortmund. He first took up a position as Akademischer Rat, then from 1982 to 2007 he was Professor of Statistical Methods in Genetics and Ecology. One focus of his research was the development and application of statistical methods for ecology. He had numerous collaborations with researchers around the world. Since 1994 he was co-editor of the international journal Enviromental and Ecological Statistics.


Science Prize 2006 of the German Society of Pneumology

for the article Ion mobility spectrometry - a new method for the detection of bronchial carcinomas and respiratory tract infections in exhaled air? First results of a pilot study

By M. Westhoff1, P. Litterst1, V. Ruzsanyi2, S. Bader2,3, W. Urfer3, J. Baumbach2 and L. Freitag1

1 Lungenklinik Hemer 2 ISAS - Institute for Analytical Sciences, Dortmund 3 Department of Statistics, University of Dortmund

The award was presented during the 47th Congress of the German Society of Pneumology in Nuremberg (29.03.-01.04.2006).

The paper describes the first results of the introduction of ion mobility spectrometry into clinical practice within the framework of a pilot study in the lung clinic Hemer for the detection of lung cancer and respiratory tract infections on the basis of exhaled air. The vision is to establish exhaled air alongside blood and urine as a source of information about a patient's state of health. The work has been carried out within the framework of the Bioband of the University of Dortmund in a cooperative project of ISAS (development of the analytical measurement technique) with the Department of Statistics (data handling, statistical evaluation methods) at the Lung Clinic in Hemer.