**A Guide to ****R.**** A. Fisher**

Sir Ronald Fisher F.^{th} century; making major contributions to Statistics,
Evolutionary Biology and Genetics. This website has information about him and
his work.

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“perhaps
the most original mathematical scientist of the [twentieth] century”

Bradley
Efron *Annals of **Statistics*
(1976)

“Fisher was a genius who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science ….”

Anders
Hald* A History of Mathematical Statistics* (1998)

“Sir Ronald Fisher …
could be regarded as

*River** out of * (1995)

“I occasionally meet geneticists who ask me
whether it is true that the great geneticist

Leonard J. Savage *Annals of **Statistics* (1976)

“[Kolmogorov]
referred to *The** genetical
theory of natural selection—*‘das wundervolle Buch von *can’t* be
the *we *know.’”

David Kendall *Bulletin of the London Mathematical
Society* (1990).

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Keywords and names:
analysis of variance, conditional inference, design of experiments, estimation,
eugenics, fundamental theorem of natural selection, likelihood, maximum
likelihood, modern synthesis, population genetics, significance tests, *t*-distribution; *z*-distribution, Ronald Aylmer Fisher, Leonard Darwin, W. S. Gosset
(“Student”), Harold Jeffreys, Jerzy Neyman, Karl Pearson, Sewall Wright.

Thanks chiefly to A. W. F. Edwards for
providing most of the references, to J. W. “Mac” McDonald, Clive
Dewey and Duncan Harris for additional suggestions and to Susan Woodburn for
general help on Fisher matters and for commenting on the website.

*John Aldrich, University of Southampton,
Southampton, UK. ***(****home****) First version May 2003. Most recent changes May 2019.**