Famous Female Statisticians People

Famous Female Statisticians

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List of famous female statisticians, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female statisticians list contains the most prominent and top females known for being statisticians. There are thousand of females working as statisticians in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic statisticians have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a statistician then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list has a variety of people in it, from Grace Wahba to Jessica Utts.

While this isn't a list of all female statisticians, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female statisticians?" and "Who are the best female statisticians?"


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    Florence Nightingale
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    Florence Nightingale, OM, RRC was a celebrated English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. She came to prominence while serving as a manager of nurses trained by her during the Crimean War, where she organised the tending to wounded soldiers. She gave nursing a highly ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1820-1910)
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
    • Profession: Nurse, Statistical graphics, Nursing, Writer, Statistician
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    F. N. David

    Florence Nightingale David, also known as F. N. David was an English statistician, born in Ivington, Herefordshire, England. She was named after Florence Nightingale, who was a friend of her parents.more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1909-1993)
    • Birthplace: Ivington, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Statistician
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    Enid Charles

    Enid Charles was a socialist, feminist and statistician who was a pioneer in the fields of demography and population statistics. She was born Dorothy Enid Charles in Denbigh, Wales. She obtained a bachelor's degree in mathematics, economics and statistics at Newnham College, Cambridge University and a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1894-1972)
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Statistician
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    Gertrude Mary Cox
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    Gertrude Mary Cox was an influential American statistician and founder of the department of Experimental Statistics at North Carolina State University. She was later appointed director of both the Institute of Statistics of the Consolidated University of North Carolina and the Statistics Research ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1900-1978)
    • Birthplace: Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Mathematician, Statistician
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    Helen Berg was an American statistician and politician. Berg served as the first female mayor of Corvallis, Oregon, from 1994 until 2006. She was also the longest serving mayor of Corvallis to date.more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1932-2010)
    • Profession: Politician, Statistician
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    Elizabeth Scott was an American mathematician specializing in statistics. Scott was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Her family moved to Berkeley, California when she was 4 years old. She attended the University of California, Berkeley where she studied mathematics and astronomy. There were few options for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1917-1988)
    • Birthplace: Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Mathematician, Statistician
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    Stella Vivian Cunliffe MBE was a British statistician. She was the first female president of the Royal Statistical Society. She was educated at Parsons Mead, Ashtead and the London School of Economics where she gained a BSc.more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1917-2012)
    • Profession: Mathematician, Statistician
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    Grace Wahba is the I. J. Schoenberg Professor of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a pioneer in methods for smoothing noisy data. Best known for the development of generalized cross-validation and "Wahba's problem", she has developed methods with applications in demographic ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Profession: Statistician
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    Jessica Utts is a parapsychologist and statistics professor at the University of California, Irvine. She is known for her textbooks on statistics and her investigation into remote viewing.more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Profession: Statistician
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    Xihong Lin

    Xihong Lin is a Chinese-American statistician known for her contributions to mixed models, nonparametric and semiparametric regression, and statistical genetics and genomics. As of 2014, she is a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard University and Coordinating Director of the Program ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Profession: Statistician
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    Rosemary A. Bailey

    Rosemary A. Bailey is a British statistician who is renowned for her work in the design of experiments and the analysis of variance and in related areas of combinatorial design, especially in association schemes. She has written books on the design of experiments, on association schemes, and on linear ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Profession: Statistician
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    Jil Matheson

    Dame Jilian Norma Matheson, DCB FAcSS is the former National Statistician of the United Kingdom.more

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    • Profession: Statistician
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    Karen Dunnell

    Dame Karen Hope Dunnell, DCB FAcSS was National Statistician and Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics of the United Kingdom and head of the Government Statistical Service from 1 September 2005 until retiring on 28 August 2009. Since its inception in 2008, she was also the Chief ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Profession: Statistician
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    Ethel Mary Elderton was a British eugenics researcher who worked with Francis Galton and Karl Pearson. Elderton attended Bedford College where she become involved in the eugenics movement. She left without completing her studies in 1890, on the death of her father, and became a school teacher. In 1905 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1878-1954)
    • Profession: Statistician
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    Sylvia Richardson

    Sylvia Richardson is a French Bayesian statistician. She has been chair in Biostatistics at Imperial College London since 2000. Previously, she held lectureships at Warwick University and the University of Paris V. From April 2012 she will be the Director of the MRC biostatistics unit and will hold an ...more

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    • Profession: Statistician
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    • Profession: Statistician
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