Willem van Zwet (31 March 1934 – 2 July 2020) was a Dutch mathematician who worked in the field of mathematical statistics.
Van Zwet obtained his doctoral degree in 1964 under the supervision of Jan Hemelrijk at the University of Amsterdam with a thesis titled "Convex Transformations of Random Variables". After that, he worked at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica in Amsterdam, and became a professor of statistics at Leiden University in 1965.
From 1992 to 1999, van Zwet was the Director of the Thomas Stieltjes Institute of Mathematics. He co-founded Eurandom in 1997, and served as its director until 2000. From 1997 to 1999, he was also the President of the International Statistical Institute.
Van Zwet was a Fellow of the Insitute of Mathematical Statistics and a member of the Academia Europaea. He received the Humboldt Prize in 2006. He won the Adolphe Quetelet Medal in 1993, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society since 1978. In 1979, he became a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1996, he was made Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, and was named Doctoris Honoris causa of Charles University the following year.
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