Influential English mathematician and biometrician.
Credited with establishing the discipline of mathematical statistics.
Contributed significantly to the field of biometrics, meteorology, theories of social Darwinism and eugenics.
- Born: 27 March 1857 in London, England
- Died: 27 April 1936 in Coldharbour, Surrey, England
Theorems and Definitions
- Pearson's System of Continuous Curves
- Pearson's Chi-Squared Test
- Pearson Correlation Coefficient
- Pearson Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient
Definitions of concepts named for Karl Pearson can be found here.
- 1901: On the Theory of Consistence of Logical Class-Frequencies, and Its Geometrical Representation (with G. Udny Yule)
- The mathematician, carried along on his flood of symbols, dealing apparently with purely formal truths, may still reach results of endless importance for our description of the physical universe.
Also known as
Karl Pearson was initially named Carl, but changed it to Karl for political reasons.
- 1937: Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics ... (previous) ... (next): They Say: What Say They? : Let Them Say
- 1998: David Nelson: The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry: Pearson, Karl (1857-1936)
- 2008: David Nelson: The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics (4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry: Pearson, Karl (1857-1936)
- 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry: Pearson, Karl (1857-1936)