Statisticians

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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 1 Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale.
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Famous As: Founder of Modern Nursing
Birthdate: May 12, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence
Died: August 13, 1910
The Lady with the Lamp Florence Nightingale is remembered for her relentless efforts in nursing soldiers during the Crimean War. She founded London’s St Thomas' Hospital to train nurses. She also pioneered the use of the polar area diagram and was the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society.

 2 Ronald Fisher

Ronald Fisher.
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Famous As: Statistician
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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 3 Karl Pearson

Karl Pearson.
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Famous As: Mathematician, Historian of mathematics, Statistician, Historian, Philosopher, Biographer
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.

 4 Nate Silver

Nate Silver.
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: January 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: East Lansing, Michigan East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
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 5 Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling.
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: July 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden
Died: February 7, 2017

 6 Thomas Bayes

Thomas Bayes
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Famous As: Mathematician, Statistician
Birthdate: 1702 AD
Birthplace: London
Died: April 7, 1761
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 7 Edward Tufte

Edward Tufte
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: March 14, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri
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 8 John Wilder Tukey

John Wilder Tukey
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 16, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 26, 2000
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 9 William Petty

William Petty
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: May 26, 1623
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Romsey, Hampshire, England
Died: December 16, 1687

Initially a physician and anatomy professor, William Petty also taught music. However, he later established himself as a noted economist and became famous for his works such as Treatise of Taxes and Contributions. He was a surveyor under Oliver Cromwell and was a pioneer of political arithmetic.

 10 David Cox

David Cox
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: July 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
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 11 John Graunt

John Graunt
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: April 24, 1620
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 18, 1674

 12 David Blackwell

David Blackwell
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: April 24, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Centralia, Illinois
Died: July 8, 2010

 13 S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan

S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan
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Famous As: Mathematician
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.

 14 Christopher A. Sims

Christopher A. Sims
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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 15 Corrado Gini

Corrado Gini
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: May 23, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Motta di Livenza, Italy
Died: March 13, 1965

 16 Arthur Young

Arthur Young
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Famous As: English writer
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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 17 Harold Jeffreys

Harold Jeffreys
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Famous As: Mathematical statistician
Birthdate: April 22, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fatfield, Washington, England
Died: March 18, 1989

 18 E. Morton Jellinek

E. Morton Jellinek
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Famous As: Physiologist
Birthdate: August 15, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 22, 1963

 19 Lancelot Hogben

Lancelot Hogben
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Famous As: Medical Statistician
Birthdate: December 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: August 22, 1975

 20 Edith Abbott

Edith Abbott
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: September 26, 1876
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Died: July 28, 1957

 21 William Fielding Ogburn

William Fielding Ogburn
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: June 29, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Butler, Georgia, United States
Died: April 27, 1959

 22 Maurice René Fréchet

Maurice René Fréchet
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: September 2, 1878
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maligny, France
Died: June 4, 1973

 23 Ernst Engel

Ernst Engel
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: March 26, 1821
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: December 8, 1896

 24 Henry Schultz

Henry Schultz
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: September 4, 1893
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sharkawshchyna District, Belarus
Died: November 26, 1938

 25 Mollie Orshansky

Mollie Orshansky
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: January 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: December 18, 2006

 26 Gregory King

Gregory King
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Famous As: Statistician
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.

 27 Julian Peto

Julian Peto
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: England

 28 Jacques Bertillon

Jacques Bertillon
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: November 11, 1851
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 7, 1922

 29 Otis Dudley Duncan

Otis Dudley Duncan
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: December 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nocona, Texas, United States
Died: November 16, 2004

 30 Clément Juglar

Clément Juglar
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Famous As: Doctor
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. 

 31 Johannes Nikolaus Tetens

Johannes Nikolaus Tetens
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 16, 1736
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tetenbüll, Germany
Died: August 17, 1807

 32 Stefano Franscini

Stefano Franscini
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 23, 1796
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bodio, Switzerland
Died: July 19, 1857

 33 Alfredo Niceforo

Alfredo Niceforo
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: January 23, 1876
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Castiglione di Sicilia, Italy
Died: March 10, 1960

 34 Douglas George Chapman

Douglas George Chapman
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Famous As: Mathematical statistician
Birthdate: March 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Provost, Canada
Died: July 9, 1996
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