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Baxter, Robert Dudley (1827–1875), political writer and statistician, was born on 3 February 1827 at Doncaster, the son of Robert Baxter, of Stoke Golding, Leicestershire, and of the firm of Baxter & Co., parliamentary lawyers, of Westminster. He was a collateral descendant of ...

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Boreham, Sir (Arthur) John (1925–1994), statistician and civil servant, was born on 30 July 1925 at Noddon, Beacon Hill, Hindhead, Surrey, the second surviving son of the Ven. Frederick Boreham (1888–1966), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Caroline Mildred, née Slater (1890–1943)...

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Sir Arthur Lyon Bowley (1869–1957) by Stella Bowen, 1936 © reserved; by courtesy of London School of Economics

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R. G. D. Allen

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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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Brass, William [Bill] (1921–1999), demographer and statistician, was born in Edinburgh on 5 September 1921, the only son and second of the three children of John Brass (1892–1962), engineer, and his wife, Margaret Tait, née Haig (1893–1968), dressmaker. Family circumstances were not easy: his father was gassed in the First World War and never fully recovered. Compulsory attendance at Presbyterian services during childhood had no enduring effect, although the other family commitment, to the ...

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Cornelius Walford

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Brown, Samuel (1811–1875), actuary and statistician, was born in London on 24 March 1811, the second son in the family of five sons and two daughters of John Aquila Brown (d. 1830), a silversmith, and his wife, Ann Eliza, née Truss (...

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Brownlee, John (1868–1927), public health officer, geneticist, and medical statistician, was born at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, on 21 June 1868, the elder of the two sons of John Brownlee (1826–1899), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Mary, née Stevenson (1833–1894). He studied mathematics and natural philosophy at ...

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Cleland, James (1770–1840), statistician and civic administrator, was born in Glasgow on 28 January 1770 and spent his early career as a cabinet-maker in his father's firm. He was educated at the high school in Glasgow, and completed his training in London in the late 1780s. In 1791 he returned to ...

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William Farr (1807–1883) by Ernest Edwards, pubd 1865 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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 (1783–1864), 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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Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (1890–1962) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Foster, (Frederic) Gordon (1921–2010), statistician, was born on 24 February 1921 at the family home in the Belfast suburb of Cherryvalley, one of the three children of Robert Foster (d. 1947), engineer and garage proprietor, and his wife, Florence Evelyn, née Magee (...

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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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Sir Francis Galton (1822–1911) by Eveleen Myers, 1890s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Sir Robert Giffen (1837–1910) by Sydney Prior Hall, pubd 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gosset, William Sealy [pseud. Student] (1876–1937), chemist and statistician, was born on 13 June 1876 at 6 St Martin's Hill, St Martin, Canterbury, the eldest son of five children of Frederic Gosset, a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers then residing at the infantry barracks in ...

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Graunt, John (1620–1674), statistician, was born on 24 April 1620 at the sign of the Seven Stars in Birchin Lane, London, the eldest of the seven or eight children of Henry Graunt, a Hampshire man by birth who became a collar maker in ...

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Greenwood, Major (1880–1949), epidemiologist and medical statistician, was born in Shoreditch, east London, on 9 August 1880, the eldest son and only surviving child of Major Greenwood (1854–1917), general practitioner, and his wife, Annie (1858–1904), daughter of P. C. Burchell MB. Greenwood's two younger siblings both died of tuberculosis in infancy; his mother died of the same disease shortly after he had qualified in medicine. During ...