Adolphe Quetelet

b. 22 February 1796 d. 17 February 1874
  • Jean-Jacques Droesbeke
  • François Jongmans


Active in many area of science, notably mathematics, astronomy and meteorology, Adolphe Quetelet owes his celebrity to the international blossoming under his impetus of the study of populations, emanating from sophisticated statistics organized systematically and treated probabilistically.


International Statistical Institute Foreign Colleague Young Mathematician Sophisticated Statistic Focal Curve 
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  • Jean-Jacques Droesbeke
  • François Jongmans

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