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R. G. D. Allen

revised by John Bosnell

Bowley, Sir Arthur Lyon (1869–1957), statistician, was born at 12 King's Square, Bristol, on 6 November 1869, the son of the Revd James William Lyon Bowley (1826–1871), vicar of St Philip and St Jacob, and his wife, Maria Johnson. Bowley spent nine years at ...

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Edgeworth, Francis Ysidro (1845–1926), economist and statistician, was born on 8 February 1845 at Edgeworthstown in co. Longford, the fifth and last son of Francis Beaufort Edgeworth (1809–1846), and his wife, Rosa Florentina (1815–1864), daughter of General Antonio Eroles, an exile from the absolutist ...

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Farr, William (1807–1883), statistician and epidemiologist, was born on 30 November 1807 in Kenley, Shropshire, the first of five children of John Farr (1782–1864), farm labourer, and his wife, Catherine (1780–1845). While he was still an infant his parents moved to Dorrington near ...

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Fisher, Sir Ronald Aylmer (1890–1962), statistician and geneticist, was born on 17 February 1890 at his parents' home in East Finchley, Middlesex, the last of seven surviving children born to George Fisher (1843–1920), a dealer in fine arts, and his wife, Katie (1855–1904)...

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Frindall, William Howard [Bill] (1939–2009), cricket scorer and statistician, was born at Middle House, Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey, on 3 March 1939, the son of Arthur Howard Frindall (1909–1964), laboratory assistant, later research chemist, and his wife, Evelyn Violet, née McNeill (1909–1999). Given the concentration demanded by his work, it seemed apt that ...

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Galton, Sir Francis (1822–1911), biostatistician, human geneticist, and eugenicist, was born in Birmingham on 16 February 1822, the youngest of the seven children of Samuel Tertius Galton (1783–1844), a very successful banker, and his wife, Frances Anne Violetta Darwin (1783–1874), one of the many daughters of ...

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Giffen, Sir Robert (1837–1910), economist and statistician, born on 22 July 1837 at Strathaven, Lanarkshire, was the younger son of Robert Giffen, a village grocer and an elder of the Presbyterian church, and his wife, Janet Wiseman. Giffen was educated at the village school. He read all the books he could find and, with his elder brother, ...

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Guy, William Augustus (bap. 1810, d. 1885), physician and statistician, the son of William and Margaret Guy, was baptized at St Peter the Less, Chichester, on 14 June 1810. He spent his early years with his grandfather and was educated at Christ's Hospital...

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Levi, Leone (1821–1888), jurist, political economist, and statistician, was born on 6 June 1821 in Ancona, later part of the kingdom of Italy. He came from a middle-class Jewish family. His father, Isaac, and his elder brother were both merchants. Leone received a practical, commercial education and began working for his brother at the age of fifteen. He travelled to ...

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Moser, Claus Adolf, Baron Moser (1922–2015), statistician, college head, and public servant, was born on 24 November 1922 in Berlin, the younger son of Ernst (Ernest) Moser (1885–1957), a successful and distinguished Jewish banker, and his wife, Lotte, née...

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Thomas Seccombe

revised by Philip A. Hunt

Mulhall, Michael George (1836–1900), journalist and statistician, was born on 29 September 1836 at 100 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, the third son of Edward Thomas Mulhall (1803–1865), solicitor, and his wife, Catherine née Flood (1832–1899). He was educated for the priesthood at the ...

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Pearson, Karl [formerly Carl] (1857–1936), statistician and eugenicist, was born at 14 Albion Road, Holloway Road, Islington, London, on 27 March 1857, the second of three children of William Pearson (d. 1907), a barrister of the Inner Temple, and his wife, ...

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Porter, George Richardson (1792–1852), civil servant and statistician, was born in London, the son of a merchant. Educated at Merchant Taylors' School, London, he traded from 1813 in sugar and wine from various London addresses. About 1820 he married Sarah, daughter of Abraham Ricardo...

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Rickman, John (1771–1840), statistician and civil servant, was born on 22 August 1771, the only son of Thomas Rickman, vicar of Newburn, Northumberland. He was educated at Guildford grammar school (1781–5), matriculated from Magdalen Hall, Oxford, in 1788, migrated to Lincoln College, and graduated BA in 1792. ...

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Stamp, Josiah Charles, first Baron Stamp (1880–1941), statistician and business administrator, was born at Kilburn, London, on 21 June 1880. Of the seven children of his father, Charles Stamp (1852–1935), he was the third but eldest son to survive infancy; (Laurence) Dudley Stamp...

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Stone, Sir (John) Richard Nicholas (1913–1991), economist and statistician, was born on 30 August 1913, at 19 York Mansions, Battersea, London, the only child of Sir Gilbert Stone (1886–1967) and his wife, Elsie Lawton Scott (1884–1969). His father was a barrister who became a ...

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Weldon, Walter Frank Raphael (1860–1906), zoologist and biometrician, was born on 15 March 1860, at Highgate, Middlesex, the second child of the journalist and industrial chemist Walter Weldon (1832–1885) and his wife, Anne Cotton (d. 1881). His father's wealth came from his patents of the manganese regeneration process and the magnesia chlorine process. The family moved so frequently that ...

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Frank Yates

revised by Alan Yoshioka

Yule, George Udny (1871–1951), statistician, was born at Morham, near Haddington, East Lothian, on 18 February 1871, the youngest of the three children surviving infancy of Sir George Udny Yule (1813–1886) [see under Yule, Sir Henry] of the Indian Civil Service...