A Guide to
Sir Ronald Fisher F.
“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 ….”
“Sir Ronald Fisher …
could be regarded as
“I occasionally meet geneticists who ask me
whether it is true that the great geneticist
Leonard J. Savage Annals of Statistics (1976)
referred to The genetical
theory of natural selection—‘das wundervolle Buch von
David Kendall Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society (1990).
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 March 2018.