Statisticians

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Statisticians are professionals who gather, analyze, and interpret data to aid in business decision-making processes. They apply statistical methods and models to real-world problems. Known about famous statisticians, such as Florence Nightingale, Nate Silver, Ronald Fisher, Maurice René Fréchet and many more.
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb
(Essayist and Mathematical Statistician Best Known for His Books: ‘The Black Swan’ and ‘Antifragile’)
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Amioun, Lebanon
Lebanese-American scholar and statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb is known for his work on risk management through uncertainty and probability. His five-volume essay Incerto included his bestselling book The Black Swan. Named to Forbes’s Most Influential Management Gurus list, he is the co-editor-in-chief of the academic journal Risk and Decision Analysis.
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Ronald Fisher
(Statistician)
Ronald Fisher
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Birthdate: February 17, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Finchley, London, England
Died: July 29, 1962

Ronald Fisher was a British polymath, statistician, geneticist, mathematician, and academic. He is credited to have single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science. He made important contributions to the field of genetics and is known as one of the three principal founders of population genetics. He was elected to the Royal Society in 1929. 

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Hans Rosling
(Swedish Physician, Co-Founder and Chairman of the 'Gapminder Foundation')
Hans Rosling
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Birthdate: July 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: February 7, 2017

A Swedish physician, academic, and public speaker, Hans Rosling was the co-founder of Gapminder Foundation, that is known for the development the Trendalyzer software system. He gave several talks/lectures, presented television documentaries like Don’t Panic: The Truth about Population and also co-authored a bestselling book titled Factfulness. Additionally, he was a professor of international health at Karolinska Institute too.

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Nate Silver
(Statistician)
Nate Silver
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Birthdate: January 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: East Lansing, Michigan East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
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Thomas Bayes
(Former Statistician who is known for formulating a specific case of the theorem that bears his name: Bayes' theorem)
Thomas Bayes
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Birthdate: 1701 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 7, 1761
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Edward Tufte
(Statistician Known for His Writings on Information Design and as a Pioneer in the Field of Data Visualization)
Edward Tufte
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Birthdate: March 14, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Edward Tufte is an American statistician best known for his pioneering work in the area of data visualization. He also serves as a professor emeritus of computer science, statistics, and political science at Yale University.

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Karl Pearson
(Mathematician, Historian of mathematics, Statistician, Historian, Philosopher, Biographer)
Karl Pearson
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Birthdate: March 27, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London
Died: April 27, 1936

One of the greatest statisticians of all time, Karl Pearson established the first university-level statistics department at UCL and also launched the statistics-oriented journal Biometrika. He was also well-versed in law and believed in eugenics. His The Grammar of Science later inspired Albert Einstein and other scientists.

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John Wilder Tukey
(Mathematician)
John Wilder Tukey
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Birthdate: June 16, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 26, 2000
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David Blackwell
(Statistician)
David Blackwell
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Birthdate: April 24, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Centralia, Illinois
Died: July 8, 2010
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William Stanley Jevons
(British Economist and Philosopher Who Foreshadowed Several Developments of the 20th Century)
William Stanley Jevons
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Birthdate: September 1, 1835
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died: August 13, 1882

A pioneer of the mathematical method in economics, William Stanley Jevons was the son of an iron merchant and economic enthusiast. Remembered for his studies on marginal utility and supply/demand, he penned the iconic work A General Mathematical Theory of Political Economy and also wrote on Britain’s depleting coal supplies.

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Corrado Gini
(Statistician)
Corrado Gini
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Birthdate: May 23, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Motta di Livenza, Italy
Died: March 13, 1965
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David Cox
(Statistician)
David Cox
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Birthdate: July 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
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Christopher A. Sims
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Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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John Graunt
(Statistician)
John Graunt
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Birthdate: April 24, 1620
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 18, 1674
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Harold Jeffreys
(Mathematical statistician)
Harold Jeffreys
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Birthdate: April 22, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fatfield, Washington, England
Died: March 18, 1989
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Arthur Young
(English writer)
Arthur Young
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Birthdate: September 11, 1741
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 12, 1820

English agriculturist Arthur Young was a prolific English writer, particularly on agriculture. He earned repute for views he expressed as an agricultural improver, social observer and political economist. Young was a prominent opponent of British reformers. Some of his notable books are Annals of Agriculture, Tour in Ireland and Travels in France. The latter includes descriptions of the French Revolution.    

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E. Morton Jellinek
(American Biostatistician, Alcoholism Researcher, and Physiologist)
E. Morton Jellinek
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Birthdate: August 15, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 22, 1963

E. Morton Jellinek was an American biostatistician, alcoholism researcher, and physiologist. He is best remembered for his association with the World Health Organization, where he worked as a consultant on alcoholism. E. Morton Jellinek was also associated with several prestigious institutions, such as Stanford University and Yale University.

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Edith Abbott
(Economist)
Edith Abbott
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Birthdate: September 26, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Died: July 28, 1957
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S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan
(Indian American Mathematician Known for His Fundamental Contributions to 'Probability Theory')
S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan
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Birthdate: January 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai, India

S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan is an Indian American mathematician whose contributions to probability theory have earned him several prestigious awards including the National Medal of Science in 2010. He is also renowned for coming up with a unified theory of large deviations. He is currently serving as a professor at the Courant Institute.

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Lancelot Hogben
(British Medical Statistician and Zoologist)
Lancelot Hogben
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Birthdate: December 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: August 22, 1975

Lancelot Hogben was a British medical statistician and zoologist. He is best remembered for developing the African clawed frog as a model organism for his biological research. He is also remembered for his work as an author who produced books designed to popularize science and mathematics for the general public. Lancelot Hogben was the recipient of the prestigious Neill Prize.

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William Fielding Ogburn
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Birthdate: June 29, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Butler, Georgia, United States
Died: April 27, 1959
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Maurice René Fréchet
(Mathematician)
Maurice René Fréchet
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Birthdate: September 2, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maligny, France
Died: June 4, 1973
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Ernst Engel
(German Statistician and Economist Who Is Famous for the 'Engel Curve' and 'Engel’s Law')
Ernst Engel
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Birthdate: March 26, 1821
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: December 8, 1896

German statistician Ernst Engel conducted an interesting study on over 150 Belgian families to come to the conclusion that the lower a family’s income, the greater is their expense on food. His revelation came to be known as the Engel curve, or the Engel’s law. He was also part of various statistical departments.

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Raj Chandra Bose
(Mathematician and Statistician best known for his work in design theory, finite geometry and the theory of error-correcting codes)
Raj Chandra Bose
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Birthdate: June 19, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: October 31, 1987

Raj Chandra Bose was an Indian-American statistician and mathematician best remembered for his work in finite geometry, design theory, and the theory of error-correcting codes. He is also credited with inventing the notions of association scheme, partial geometry, and strongly regular graph.

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Henry Schultz
(Economist)
Henry Schultz
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Birthdate: September 4, 1893
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sharkawshchyna District, Belarus
Died: November 26, 1938
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Mollie Orshansky
(Economist)
Mollie Orshansky
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Birthdate: January 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: December 18, 2006
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Gregory King
(British Statistician Known for His Natural and Political Observations and Conclusions Upon the State and Condition of 'England')
Gregory King
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Birthdate: December 15, 1648
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lichfield, England
Died: August 29, 1712

Born to a surveyor father, Gregory King initially assisted his father and then began working for John Ogilby as an engraver. The economic statistician not only lent his name to the Gregory King's Law but also contributed to most of the street layouts for London’s Soho.

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Julian Peto
(Statistician)
Julian Peto
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Birthplace: England
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Johannes Nikolaus Tetens
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Birthdate: September 16, 1736
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tetenbüll, Germany
Died: August 17, 1807
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Otis Dudley Duncan
(Sociologist)
Otis Dudley Duncan
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Birthdate: December 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nocona, Texas, United States
Died: November 16, 2004
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Jacques Bertillon
(Statistician)
Jacques Bertillon
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Birthdate: November 11, 1851
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 7, 1922
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Clément Juglar
(French Physician and Economist Who Made Detailed Studies of Cycles in Business and Trade)
Clément Juglar
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Birthdate: October 15, 1819
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 28, 1905

Clément Juglar was a French doctor and statistician. Even while practicing as a doctor, he wrote several articles on trends in French population statistics over several decades. He developed an economic theory of business cycles and is believed to be one of the first to do so. His theory inspired later economists such as Joseph Schumpeter. 

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Stefano Franscini
(Politician)
Stefano Franscini
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Birthdate: October 23, 1796
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bodio, Switzerland
Died: July 19, 1857
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Alfredo Niceforo
(Statistician)
Alfredo Niceforo
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Birthdate: January 23, 1876
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Castiglione di Sicilia, Italy
Died: March 10, 1960
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Douglas George Chapman
(Mathematical statistician)
Douglas George Chapman
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Birthdate: March 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Provost, Canada
Died: July 9, 1996