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Obituary for Professor Konrad Hummel

 
Professor Konrad Hummel has passed away on December 30th, 2014, at the age of 91. He was the last living founding member of the ISFG. Konrad Hummel was a highly recognized scientist in particular in the German-speaking countries due to his contributions in the field of population genetics and biostatistics for paternity and relationship testing at a time when such cases could only be analyzed using blood group serology and protein polymorphisms. In the 1960ies, he collaborated with the statistician Peter Ihm for developing a general algorithm for kinship analysis. However, his concept of using equal prior probabilities to "simplify" the Essen-Möller formula that helped to standardize paternity calculations in many European countries was also critically commented by fellow scientists.
 
The Executive Board of the ISFG has published an obituary in German language on January 10th, 2015, in his home town Freiburg in the Badische Zeitung
 
Furthermore, FSI Genetics has published an obituary for Konrad Hummel. with more details about his academic and private life.

Posted 3 years and 10 months ago by Peter M. Schneider (Last modified 3 years and 4 months ago)