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Kendall, Maurice George (1907–1983)

  • J. R. N. Stone
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Kendall was born on 6 September 1907 in Kettering, and died on 29 March 1983 in London. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1970 and knighted in 1974. He was educated at the Central School, Derby, and St John’s College, Cambridge (Wrangler 1929). From 1930 to 1941 he was a civil servant in the Ministry of Agriculture, and a statistician in the Chamber of Shipping from 1941 to 1949. From 1949 to 1961, he held the position of Professor of Statistics at the London School of Economics. He joined Scientific Control Systems Ltd (SCICON) in 1961, and was chairman from 1967 to 1972. From 1972 to 1980 he held the position of Director of the World Fertility Survey. Among his other activities, from 1958 to 1959 he was President of the Operational Research Society, and the Royal Statistical Society from 1960 to 1962.

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