Jan M. Hoem was born on April 17, 1939, in Kristiansund, Norway and died on February 25, 2017.
He was a distinguished scientist in population studies.
Hoem studied actuarial science and mathematical statistics in Oslo.
Hoem became a lecturer at the University of Oslo and later moved on to found and head the Socio-Demographic Research Unit at Statistics Norway.
Jan was Professor at the Laboratory of Insurance Mathematics at the University of CopenhagenFrom 1974 to 1981, followed by a professorship in Geometry at Stockholm University.
During the year 1999, Hoem was appointed Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, a position he held until he retired in 2007
Before his death, he was working as Professor Emeritus at the Stockholm University Demography Unit
Prior to receiving his Dr.philos degree, he published a book called “Basic Concepts of Formal Demography”, which became the standard introductory text in demography in Norway.
Hoem’s article on Markov chain models has been named one of the four most significant papers in modern actuarial science.
Jan Hoem passed away at 77 years old.