Danie G. Krige

Danie Gerhardus Krige (Afrikaans: [dɑːni ˈkriχə]) (26 August 1919 – 3 March 2013) was a South African statistician and mining engineer who pioneered the field of geostatistics and was professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, Republic of South Africa.[1] The technique of kriging is named after him. Krige's empirical work to evaluate mineral resources[2] was formalised in the 1960s by French engineer Georges Matheron.[3]

Danie G. Krige
Danie Gerhardus Krige

(1919-08-26)26 August 1919
Died3 March 2013 (Age 93)
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Alma materUniversity of the Witwatersrand
Known forKriging
AwardsOrder for Meritorious Service, Class 1, Gold
Scientific career
InstitutionsAnglo Transvaal, University of the Witwatersrand


  1. ^ "Obituary: Danie Krige, South Africa's giant of geostatistics". Northernminer.com. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  2. ^ Krige, Danie G. (1951). "A statistical approach to some basic mine valuation problems on the Witwatersrand". J. of the Chem., Metal. and Mining Soc. of South Africa. 52 (6): 119–139.
  3. ^ Matheron, Georges (1962). Traité de géostatistique appliquée. Editions Technip.

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