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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)
- 1901: Founder of Biometrika with Francis Galton and Walter Frank Raphael Weldon
- 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.
- -- Quoted in 1937: Eric Temple Bell: Men of Mathematics: They Say: What Say They? : Let Them Say
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): Pearson, Karl (1857-1936)
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- 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Pearson, Karl (1857-1936)