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Johnson, William Ernest (1858–1931)

  • S. L. Zabell
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English logician, philosopher, and economic theorist. The son of the headmaster of Llandaff House, a Cambridge academy, Johnson entered King’s College in 1879 on a mathematical scholarship (11th Wrangler, Mathematics Tripos 1882; First Class Honours, Moral Sciences Tripos 1883). Initially a mathematics coach, then lecturer on psychology and education at the Cambridge Women’s Training College, Johnson later held a succession of temporary positions at Cambridge (University Teacher in the Theory of Education, 1893 to 1898; University Lecturer in Moral Science, 1896 to 1901), until he was elected a Fellow of King’s College in 1902 and appointed Sidgwick Lecturer in Moral Science in the University, where he remained until his death.


Exchangeability Johnson, W. E. Statistical inference Subjective probability Utility theory 

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