In 2007 the Norwegian Statistical Association set up the

**Erling Sverdrup** (1917-1994) was an actuarial student in Oslo when German forces attacked Norway in April 1940. He joined the Free Norwegian Forces and played a major role in the Norwegian cryptography unit during World War II. He made visits, organising cipher services, to Helsinki, Stockholm, Moscow, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. before moving to London, England, in 1942. He completed his studies at the University of Oslo and qualified as an actuary in 1945. He continued his cipher work until, in 1948, he was appointed as an assistant to the Mathematical Insurance Seminar at the University of Oslo, the department of the university that trained actuaries. He studied for a Ph,D. in the United States at Berkeley, Chicago and Columbia, receiving the degree from the University of Oslo in 1952. In the following year he was appointed as professor of mathematical statistics and insurance mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at Oslo University. In 1954 he was elected to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and he was elected an honorary member of the Norwegian Statistical Association. In 1969 he was elected a fellow of the American Statistical Association.

**Eminent statistician Sverdrup Prize**

**2009** Dag Tjostheim

**2011** Tore Schweder

**2013** Nils Lid Hjort

**2015** Odd Olai Aalen

**2017** Omulf Borgan

**Young statistician Sverdrup Prize**

**2009** Sara Martino

**2011** Ida Scheel

**2013** Ingrid Hobaek Haff and Kjetil Roysland

**2015** Tore Selland Kleppe

**2017** Geir-Arne Fuglstad

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