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Ronald Fisher
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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… Read More
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CHILDHOOD
1890
Birth
Born on February 17, 1890.
TEENAGE
In 1909, he won a scholarship to Gonville and Caius College at the Cambridge University.
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TWENTIES
1911
21 Years Old
Joan Box, Fisher's biographer and daughter says that Fisher had resolved this problem in 1911.
1912
22 Years Old
Between 1912 and 1922 Fisher recommended, analyzed (with flawed attempts at proofs) and vastly popularized Maximum likelihood.
1919
29 Years Old
In 1919 he was offered a position at the Galton Laboratory in University College London led by Karl Pearson, but instead accepted a temporary job at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden to investigate the possibility of analysing the vast amount of data accumulated since 1842 from the "Classical Field Experiments" where he analysed the data recorded over many years and published Studies in Crop Variation in 1921.
THIRTIES
1921
31 Years Old
His first application of the analysis of variance was published in 1921.
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1925
35 Years Old
In 1925 he published Statistical Methods for Research Workers, one of the 20th century's most influential books on statistical methods.
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1928
38 Years Old
In 1928 Joseph Oscar Irwin began a threeyear stint at Rothamsted and became one of the first people to master Fisher's innovations.
FORTIES
1936
46 Years Old
In 1936 he introduced the Iris flower data set as an example of discriminant analysis.
1937
47 Years Old
In his 1937 paper The wave of advance of advantageous genes he proposed Fisher's equation in the context of population dynamics to describe the spatial spread of an advantageous allele and explored its travelling wave solutions.
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1938
48 Years Old
In 1938 the Fisher–Yates shuffle was described by Fisher and Frank Yates in their book Statistical tables for biological, agricultural and medical research.
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FIFTIES
1943
53 Years Old
In 1943, along with A.S. Corbett and C.B. Williams he published a paper on Relative species abundance where he developed the logseries to fit two different abundance data sets In the same year he took the Balfour Chair of Genetics where the Italian researcher Luigi Luca CavalliSforza was recruited in 1948, establishing a oneman unit of bacterial genetics.
1947
57 Years Old
In 1947, Fisher used a Pearson's chisquared test to analyze Mendel's data and concluded that Mendel's results with the predicted ratios were far too perfect, suggesting that adjustments (intentional or unconscious) had been made to the data to make the observations fit the hypothesis.
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1949
59 Years Old
In the same year, Fisher cofounded the journal Heredity with Cyril Darlington and in 1949 he published The Theory of Inbreeding.
LATE ADULTHOOD
In 1950 he published "Gene Frequencies in a Cline Determined by Selection and Diffusion" on the wave of advance of advantageous genes and on clines of gene frequency, being notable as the first application of a computer, the EDSAC, to biology.
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1953
63 Years Old
He gave the 1953 Croonian lecture on population genetics.
1954
64 Years Old
Debabrata Basu, the Indian statistician, met Fisher in the winter of 1954–1955; he wrote in 1988, "With his reference set argument, Sir Ronald was trying to find a via media between the two poles of Statistics – Berkeley and Bayes.
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1957
67 Years Old
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In 1957, a retired Fisher emigrated to Australia where he spent time as a senior research fellow at the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Adelaide, where he died in 1962, with his remains interred within St Peter's Cathedral.
1962
72 Years Old
Died on July 29, 1962.
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