OBITUARY: Ettore Marubini

Professor Ettore Marubini passed away on July 22, at 88 years of age. He was Professor of Medical Statistics at the University of Milan from 1978 to 2003. His work covered many different areas, from auxology to design of experiments and ANOVA and survival analysis. His applications covered many areas of medical and basic research in pediatrics, oncology and cardiology, especially.

He was one of the persons who contributed to the foundation of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics: the large picture on the ISCB website ( shows a young Ettore Marubini sitting in the first row (he is the third from left) at the first ISCB conference in Brussels, 1979. He valued the possibility to discuss innovative methods and applications with international colleagues and for this reason he promoted the active participation to the ISCB annual conferences and working committees of many Italian Biostatisticians. He also organized in San Marino the 5th ISCB annual conference (September 1984) and was the SPC Chair in the 21st ISCB Conference we organized in Trento (September 2000).

Many of the Italian medical statisticians were his students or were influenced by his scientific work. We are indebted to him for his passion for medical statistics, his work to promote it and to attract various generations of young statisticians in the area of clinical research.

Maria Grazia Valsecchi
Milan, July 25th, 2022

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