The **Division of Mathematics, Informatics & Statistics** had its origins as the **Biometrics Section** of CSIR, established in 1941. In 1944 the Biometrics Section was renamed the **Mathematical Statistics Section**. It was granted divisional status as the **Division of Mathematical Statistics** in 1954. In 1974 it was renamed the **Division of Mathematics and Statistics**.

The **Computing Research Section** was established in 1963 and became the **Division of Computing Research** in 1967. It ceased operations as a Division in 1984 with the bulk of the resources becoming the CSIRONET Unit with PJ Claringbold as Chief Executive. The remaining resources of the Division of Computing research were transferred to the new **Division of Information Technology** established in 1985.

In 1997 the Division of Mathematics and Statistics merged with the Division of Information Technology and the **Biometrics units** of CSIRO to form the **Division of Mathematical and Information Sciences**. It was renamed the **Division of Mathematics, Informatics & Statistics** in 2009.

In 2013 it merged with the **ICT Centre** to form the **Division of Computational Informatics.**

## History of Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics Divisions

## Chief of Division/Officer-in-Charge

Division |
Chief |

Biometrics Section (1941-44) | Edmund Alfred Cornish (1941-44) |

Mathematical Statistics Section (1944-54) | Edmund Alfred Cornish (1941-44) |

Mathematical Statistics (1954-74) | Edmund Alfred Cornish (1941-44) |

Mathematics & Statistics (1974-96) | Joseph Mark Gani (1974-81) Christopher Charles Heyde (Acting 1981-82) Terence Paul Speed (1983-86) Peter John Diggle (1986-87) Ronald Lindsay Sandland (1988-96) |

Computing Research Section (1963-67) | Godfrey Newby Lance (O-i-C 1963-67) |

Computing Research (1967-84) | Godfrey Newby Lance (1967-71) Peter John Claringbold (Acting (1972-73) Godfrey Newby Lance (1973-76) Peter John Claringbold (1977-84) |

Information Technology (1985-96) | Gordon Eric Thomas (1985-87) John F O’Callaghan (1988-96) |

Mathematical and Information Sciences (1997-2009) | Ronald Lindsay Sandland (1997-99) Murray Cameron (Acting 1999, 2000-2008) Bronywn Harch (Acting 2008-2009) Louise Ryan (2009) |

Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics (2009-13) | Louise Ryan (2009-2012) Bronywn Harch (2012-13) |

ICT Centre (2003-13) | Stephen Giugni (Acting, 2003-04) Alexander Zelinsky (2004-09) Ian Oppermann (2010-13) |

Computational Informatics (2013-14) | Bronywn Harch (2012-14) Iain Collings (Acting, 2014) |

## Sources

• Schedvin CB, Trace K, 1978, Historical Directory of CSIR and CSIRO 1926-1976, CSIRO Publishing.

• Encyclopedia of Australian Science *[external link]*

• CSIRO Annual Reports

• CSIRO Communications