Gottfried Noether

Gottfried E. Noether

Gottfried Emanuel Noether (Karlsruhe, Germany 1915 - August 22 1991, Willimantic, Connecticut) was an American statistician and educator. He was the son of Fritz Noether and the nephew of Emmy Noether.

Noether emigrated to the United States in 1939, where he earned a bachelor's degree (1940) and a master's degree (1941). The following four years, during World War II, he served with US Army intelligence in England, France, and Germany. After the war, he earned a doctorate from Columbia University (1949).

He worked in academia for the rest of his career, beginning at New York University. He moved to Boston University in 1952 where he worked until he joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut in 1968. There, he eventually became chairman of the department of statistics. He retired in 1985.

Noether served on a statistical advisory committee for the United States Office of Management and Budget and as an associate editor of The American Statistician. He was a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

As an expert on non-parametric statistics, he wrote over 50 articles and six books. He also wrote a brief biography of his father Fritz, who was executed in the Soviet Union in 1941.

In 1999 the Gottfried E. Noether Awards were established to "recognize distinguished researchers and teachers and to support research in the field of nonparametric statistics."


  • "Gottfried E. Noether". Hartford Courant. . (obituary)
  • "Gottfried Noether, 76, Educator in Statistics". New York Times. . (obituary)
  • Noether, Gottfried E.; Marilynn Dueker (1990). Introduction to Statistics: The Nonparametric Way. Springer. ISBN 0387972846.
  • Noether, Gottfried E. (1985). "Fritz Noether (1884–194?)". Integral Equations and Operator Theory 8 (5): 573–576.
  • Parastaev, Andrei (1990). "Letter to the editor". Integral Equations and Operator Theory 13 (2): 303–305.

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