|Born||1954 (age 66–67)|
|Alma mater||University of Auckland|
University of California, Berkeley
|Known for||R programming language|
|Awards||Pickering Medal (2008)|
|Institutions||University of Auckland|
George Ross Ihaka (born 1954) is a New Zealand statistician who was an Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Auckland until his retirement in 2017. He is, with Robert Gentleman, one of the originators of the R programming language. In 2008, Ihaka received the Pickering Medal, awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, for his work on R.
Ihaka completed his undergraduate education at the University of Auckland, and obtained his PhD in 1985 from the University of California, Berkeley. His thesis was titled Ruaumoko, after the Māori god of earthquakes, volcanoes and seasons.
As of 2010, he was working on a new statistical programming language based on Lisp. The Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland started a public lecture series in his honour in 2017.
Ihaka is of Ngāti Kahungunu, Rangitāne and Ngati Pākehā (New Zealand European) descent.