Malka Kantorowitz completed her B.Sc. in mathematics and physics in 1963; in 1964 she completed her studies for B.Sc. in statistics; and in 1966 obtained her M.Sc. in statistics, all at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In 1961 she joined the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics and since 1970 she has been the Director of the Statistical Methods Division. From 1988 she has also served as a Senior Deputy Director at the Rescarch and Development Department. Her work has been primarlly in fields of sampling and estimation methods, investigation procedures and evaluation studies for a wide spectrum of the Bureau's surveys and censuses (household, agriculture, business, etc.).

Malka Kantorowitz has published several papers on various issues of survey methodology and on evaluation studies.

She has taught courses in sampling methods, survey design methodology and evaluation procedures at several Israeli universities, primarily at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Malka Kantorowitz is a founding member of the Israeli Statistical Association and served as the Association's first general secretary. She was a member of the Council of the International Association of Survey Statisticians (1983-1987) and is the country representative of this Association.


Hans Pettersson got his Masters degree in Statistics at the University of Umea in 197 1. Later he made studies in Demography at the University of Stockholm and in 1988 he made his Ph.D. studies in Statistics at the University of Stockholm as well.

He has published severas articles on the construction of a population health index. Between 1969-1971 he has worked as a lecturer and research assistant at the University of Umea.

Between 1972-1975 he worked as statician in the Department for Statistics in the Section for Research and Development at the Swedish Post Office. In 1975 he collaborated with the Central Bureau of Statistics of Kenya, as a sampling statistician with the development of a master sample of households. Up to 1980 he has worked at the Swedish Post Office.

Between 1980-1983 he has worked as a lecturer in Statistics at the Institute of Development Management at Mzumbe, Tanzania.

From 1983 he is Senior statistician at the Department of Population and Social Statistics at Statistics Sweden. He works mainly with quality projects, health statistics and statistics on social welfare. Also he is got a part-time work in the International Consulting Office within Statistics Sweden. He travels frequently to African and Asian countries in short-term missions for work with sampling issues, health surveys and household budget surveys.


Edwin Diday was awarded a doctorate by the University of Paris VI, Pierre and Marie Curie in 1972. He has lectured in Data Analysis in Information Management and Decision Mathematics at the University of Paris 9 Dauphine since 1974. Since then he has also been leading a research team at the INRIA (National Institute of Information and Automation Technology) whose current objective is concerned with data analysis, specifically, automatic numeric and symbolic classification and memorisation.

He has participated in the setting up of the Modulad club which produced the MODULAD software (Standardised modular library of data analysis programmes). He is a member of the Editorial Board of three international magazines; has had some fifty articles published along with various books. He regularly organises (every two years) an International Congress of Data Analysis. He was President of the IFCS’93, International Symposium of the Federation of Classification Societies which was held in Paris in September’93. He was awarded the Montyon award by the Academy of Sciences.