Ronald Fisher


Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher FRS was an English statistician, evolutionary biologist, eugenicist and geneticist. Among other things, Fisher is well known for his contributions to statistics by creating Fisher's exact test and Fisher's equation. Anders Hald called him "a genius who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science" while Richard Dawkins named him "the greatest biologist since Darwin".… Read More

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1890 Birth Born on February 17, 1890.


1909 19 Years Old In 1909, Fischer he won a scholarship to the Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. … Read More


1911 21 Years Old …  Using the census data of 1911 for Britain, he showed that there was an inverse relationship between fertility and social class. … Read More
1912 22 Years Old Close to Fisher's graduation in 1912, his tutor told his student that — despite his enormous aptitude for scientific work and his mathematical potential — his disinclination to show calculations or to prove propositions rendered him unsuited for a career in applied mathematics, which required greater fortitude. … Read More
1916 26 Years Old …  He published several articles on biometry during this period, including the ground-breaking paper "The Correlation Between Relatives on the Supposition of Mendelian Inheritance", written in 1916 and published in 1918. … Read More
1917 27 Years Old 1 More Event
A bright spot in his life then was that Gudruna set him up with her sister Eileen Guinness. They were married in 1917 when she was only 17 years old.
1919 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Because he saw the developing rivalry with Pearson as a professional obstacle, however, he accepted a temporary job instead as a statistician with a small agricultural station in the countryside in 1919.


In 1925, this work resulted in the publication of his first book, Statistical Methods for Research Workers. … Read More
1928 38 Years Old Fisher was an ardent promoter of eugenics, which also stimulated and guided much of his work in the genetics of humans. His book The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection was started in 1928 and published in 1930.
1929 39 Years Old Fischer received the recognition of his peers in 1929 when he was inducted into the Royal Society. … Read More


1931 41 Years Old In 1931, he spent six weeks at the Statistical Laboratory at Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa. … Read More
1933 43 Years Old In 1933 he left Rothamsted to become a Professor of Eugenics at the University College London.
1937 47 Years Old In 1937, he visited the Indian Statistical Institute in Calcutta, which at the time consisted of one part-time employee, P. C. Mahalanobis. … Read More


1943 53 Years Old In 1943, Fischer was offered the Balfour Chair of Genetics at the University of Cambridge, his alma mater. … Read More


1952 62 Years Old Fischer eventually received many awards for his work, and he was dubbed a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. … Read More
1957 67 Years Old After retiring from the University of Cambridge in 1957, Fischer emigrated, and he spent some time as a senior research fellow at the Australian CSIRO in Adelaide, South Australia.
1962 72 Years Old He died and was buried in Adelaide in 1962. … Read More
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