The Making of Statisticians

  • J. Gani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Probabilists

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bruno de Finetti
      Pages 3-12
    3. Gheorghe Mihoc
      Pages 21-37
  3. Statisticians in Stochastic Processes and Independence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. M. S. Bartlett
      Pages 41-60
  4. Mathematical Statisticians

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Z. W. Birnbaum
      Pages 75-82
  5. Statisticians in Design and Computing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. D. J. Finney
      Pages 149-164
  6. Statisticians in Industry and Econometrics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. L. H. C. Tippett
      Pages 181-187
    3. Herman Wold
      Pages 189-212
  7. Statisticians in Demography and Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 253-263

About this book


Like many other scientists, I have long been interested in history. I enjoy reading about the minutiae of its daily unfolding: the coinage, food, clothes, games, literature and habits which characterize a people. I am carried away by the broad sweep of its major events: the wars, famines, migrations, reforms, political swings and scientific advances which shape a society. I know that historians value autobiographical accounts as part of the basic material from which the stuff of history is distilled; this should apply no less to statistical than to political or social history. Modem statistics is a relatively young science; it was while pondering this fact sometime in 1980 that I realized that many of the pioneers of our field could still be called upon to tell their stories. If, however, biographical material about these eminent statisticians was not gathered, then one might lose the chance to gain insight into the origins of many an important statistical development. The remarkable experience of these colleagues could not be readily duplicated. Fired by these thoughts, I took it upon myself to plan the framework of this book. In it, eminent statisticians (probabilists are included under this title) would be invited to sketch their lives, explain how they had become interested in probability and· statistics, give an account of their major contributions, and possibly hazard some predictions about the future of the subject.


Biographisches Nachschlagewerk Mathematica Statistica Statistiker applied statistics development field form games history of mathematics mathematical statistics probability statistics stochastic process stochastic processes

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Gani
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of StatisticsUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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