Statisticians in History

Mathematics: Algebra - Mathematicians

Historical Events

  • 1839-11-27 American Statistical Association organizes in Boston

Sport awardNFL Championship

1933-12-17 National Football League Championship - 1st title game, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 23-21; "Bronko Nagurski Rule" - forward pass is legal anywhere behind line of scrimmage

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1991-09-04 MLB Statistical Accuracy Committee votes to drop asterisk next to Roger Maris' 1961 home run record of 61 (passing Babe Ruth's 60) & determine an official no hitter must go at least 9 innings

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994-10-05 NBA shortens the 3-point distance to a uniform 22 feet in attempt to help offensive players score more; Michael Jordan sets career highs in 3-point attempts & converted 3-point field goals, nearly double previous statistics

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 2018-08-07 Australia's population hits 25 million according to Australian Bureau of Statistics

Famous Birthdays

  • 1620-04-24 John Graunt, English statistician, founder of science of demography, born in London (d. 1674)
  • 1623-05-26 William Petty, English political economist and statistician (Treatise of Taxes and Contributions), born in Romsey, England (d. 1687)
  • 1648-12-15 Gregory King, English statistician (Natural & Political Observations), born in Lichfield, England (d. 1712)
  • 1719-10-20 Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer, statistician and economist
  • 1796-02-22 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician and sociologist (body mass index scale), born in Ghent, French Republic (d. 1874)
  • 1808-03-23 Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, sociologist/historian (Statistic yearbook)
  • 1821-03-26 Ernst Engel, German statistician and economist (Law of Engel), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1896)
  • 1844-02-20 Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann, Austrian physicist (statistical mechanics)
  • 1857-03-27 Karl Pearson, British statistician (leading founder of the modern field of statistics), born in London (d. 1936)
  • 1868-03-22 Henry W Methorst, lawyer/director (Dutch Cent Bureau of Statistics)
  • 1872-05-28 Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (pioneer of statistical physics), born in Vorder-Brühl, Austria-Hungary (d. 1917)
  • 1876-06-13 William Sealy Gosset, English statistician (Student's t-distribution), born in Canterbury, Kent, England (d. 1937)
  • 1880-06-21 Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician and banker, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1941)
  • 1893-06-29 Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, Indian scientist and applied statistician (Mahalanobis distance), whose birthdate is celebrated annually in India as "National Statistics Day", born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 1972)
  • 1894-01-01 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist ( Bose–Einstein statistics), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1974)
  • 1896-12-27 Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security Board)
  • 1898-10-31 Alfred Sauvy, French statistician (Affluence & Population), born in Villeneuve-de-la-Raho, France (d. 1990)
  • 1901-11-26 Philip Idenburg, Dutch statistician, born in Hillegersberg, Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1902-10-31 Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician (field of statistical sequential analysis), born in Cluj-Napoca, Austria-Hungary (d. 1950)
  • 1904-07-28 Selwyn Lloyd, British politician involved in Suez crisis, born in West Kirby, England (d. 1978)
  • 1905-05-20 Harry Campion, statistician/founder (British Central Statistical Office)
  • 1906-06-13 Bruno de Finetti, Italian probabilist statistician and actuary, born in Innsbruck, Austria-Hungary (d. 1985)
  • 1910-03-08 Bernard Benjamin, British health statistician, actuary and demographer, born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1912-08-02 Vladimir Žerjavić, Croatian economist and UN statistician, born in Križ, Moslavania, Croatia (d. 2001)
  • 1915-06-16 John Tukey, American statistician (d. 2000)
  • 1916-01-31 Violet Cane, statistician
  • 1920-03-20 Douglas G Chapman, biomathematical statistician
  • 1924-07-15 David Cox, English statistician and warden (Nuffield College, Oxford), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1928-04-05 Peter Moore, British academic (Professor of Statistics at London Business School) (d. 2010)
  • 1932-02-14 Jack Hibbert, director (Central Statistical Office)
  • 1934-10-12 Albert Shiryaev, Russian mathematician, known for his work in probability theory, statistics and financial mathematics, born in Shchyolkovo, Russia
  • 1942-01-26 William McLennan, CEO (Central Statistical Office)

Person of interestBill James

1949-10-05 Bill James [George William James], American baseball writer and statistician ( sabermetrics), born in Holton, Kansas

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James

Famous Deaths

  • 1674-04-18 John Graunt, English statistician & founder of science of demography, dies at 53
  • 1687-12-16 William Petty, English political economist and statistician (Treatise of Taxes and Contributions), dies at 64
  • 1712-08-29 Gregory King, English statistician (law of King), dies at 63
  • 1772-05-01 Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer/statistics/economist, dies at 52
  • 1896-12-08 Ernst Engel, German statistician and economist (Law of Engel), dies at 75
  • 1917-09-05 Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (pioneer of statistical physics), dies at 45
  • 1926-04-19 Alexander Alexandrovich Chuprov, Russian statistician (b. 1874)
  • 1929-11-17 Herman Hollerith, German/US statistician (punch card), dies at 69
  • 1936-04-27 Karl Pearson, British statistician (leading founder of the modern field of statistics), dies at 79
  • 1937-10-16 William Sealy Gosset, English statistician (Student's t-distribution), dies at 61
  • 1941-04-16 Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician and banker, dies at 60
  • 1950-12-13 Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician (field of statistical sequential analysis), dies at 48
  • 1955-07-10 Henry W Methorst, Dutch director (Central Bureau of Statistic), dies
  • 1957-01-21 Arthur L Bowley, English statistician/economist, dies at 87
  • 1965-03-13 Corrado Gini, Italian statistician (b. 1884)
  • 1972-06-28 Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, Indian scientist and applied statistician (Mahalanobis distance), whose birthdate is celebrated annually in India as "National Statistics Day", dies at 78
  • 1974-02-04 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist ( Bose–Einstein statistics), dies at 80
  • 1977-09-04 E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (b. 1911)
  • 1985-07-20 Bruno de Finetti, Italian probabilist statistician and actuary, dies at 79
  • 1987-04-12 Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security) dies at 90
  • 1991-02-28 Wassily Hoeffding, American statistician (b. 1914)
  • 1995-12-29 Philip Idenburg, Dutch statistician, dies at 94
  • 1996-05-24 Harry Campion, statistician, dies at 91
  • 1996-07-09 Douglas G Chapman, biomathematical statistician, dies at 76
  • 2000-07-26 John Tukey, American statistician (b. 1915)
  • 2001-09-05 Vladimir Žerjavić, Croatian economist and UN statistician, dies at 89
  • 2009-01-29 Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)