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Like many other scientists, I have long been interested in history. I enjoy reading about the minutiae of its daily unfolding: the coinage, food, clothes, games, literature and habits which characterize a people. I am carried away by the broad sweep of its major events: the wars, famines, migrations, reforms, political swings and scientific advances which shape a society. I know that historians value autobiographical accounts as part of the basic material from which the stuff of history is distilled; this should apply no less to statistical than to political or social history. Modem statistics is a relatively young science; it was while pondering this fact sometime in 1980 that I realized that many of the pioneers of our field could still be called upon to tell their stories. If, however, biographical material about these eminent statisticians was not gathered, then one might lose the chance to gain insight into the origins of many an important statistical development. The remarkable experience of these colleagues could not be readily duplicated. Fired by these thoughts, I took it upon myself to plan the framework of this book. In it, eminent statisticians (probabilists are included under this title) would be invited to sketch their lives, explain how they had become interested in probability and· statistics, give an account of their major contributions, and possibly hazard some predictions about the future of the subject.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Probabilists

Frontmatter

Probability and My Life

Without Abstract
Bruno de Finetti

From Riemannian Spaces to Characteristic Functions: The Evolution of a Statistician

Without Abstract
Eugene Lukacs

A Life for Probability

Without Abstract
Gheorghe Mihoc

Statisticians in Stochastic Processes and Independence

Frontmatter

Chance and Change

Without Abstract
M. S. Bartlett

The Search for the Meaning of Independence

Without Abstract
Mark Kac

Mathematical Statisticians

Frontmatter

From Pure Mathematics to Applied Statistics

Without Abstract
Z. W. Birnbaum

Autobiography of a Mathematical Statistician

Without Abstract
R. C. Bose

A Statistician’s Progress from Berlin to Chapel Hill

Without Abstract
Wassily Hoeffding

Reminiscences of a Mathematician Who Strayed into Statistics

Without Abstract
E. J. G. Pitman

Statisticians in Design and Computing

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My Experience as a Statistician: From the Farm to the University

Without Abstract
R. L. Anderson

A Numerate Life

Without Abstract
D. J. Finney

From Cosmos to Chaos: My Scientific Career in Mathematics, Statistics, and Informatics

Without Abstract
Tosio Kitagawa

Statisticians in Industry and Econometrics

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The Making of an Industrial Statistician

Without Abstract
L. H. C. Tippett

Models for Knowledge

Without Abstract
Herman Wold

Statisticians in Demography and Medicine

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A Statistician in the Public Health Service

Without Abstract
B. Benjamin

From Medicine, through Medical to Mathematical Statistics: Some Autobiographical Notes

Without Abstract
Henry Oliver Lancaster

Backmatter

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