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List of famous statisticians, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top statisticians in the world? This includes the most prominent statisticians, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable statisticians is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic statisticians were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned statisticians.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known statisticians to the lesser known statisticians of today, these are some of the best professionals in the statistician field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous statisticians ever?" and "What are the names of famous statisticians?" then you're in the right place. 
Florence Nightingale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Florence Nightingale, (; 12 May 1820 – 13 August 1910) was an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a ...more
Milton Friedman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Milton Friedman
Milton Friedman (; July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006) was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary ...more
Harvey Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Harvey Goldstein (born 30 October 1939) is a British statistician known for his contributions to multilevel modelling methodology and software, and for applying this to educational assessment ...more
Howell Tong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Howell Tong
Howell Tong (simplified Chinese: 汤家豪; traditional Chinese: 湯家豪; pinyin: Tāng Jiāháo; born 1944 in Hong Kong) is a pioneer and an acknowledged authority in the field of nonlinear time ...more
Herman Hollerith is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Herman Hollerith (February 29, 1860 – November 17, 1929) was an American inventor who developed an electromechanical punched card tabulator to assist in summarizing information and, later, ...more
Bjørn Lomborg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Bjørn Lomborg (Danish: [pjɶɐ̯n ˈlɒmpɒːˀʊ̯]; born 6 January 1965) is a Danish author and President of his think tank, Copenhagen Consensus Center. He is former director of the Danish ...more
W. Edwards Deming is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
William Edwards Deming (October 14, 1900 – December 20, 1993) was an American engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and management consultant. Educated initially as an electrical ...more
Persi Diaconis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Persi Warren Diaconis (; born January 31, 1945) is an American mathematician of Greek descent and former professional magician. He is the Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics ...more
Pat Moran is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Patrick Alfred Pierce Moran FRS (14 July 1917 – 19 September 1988), commonly known as Pat Moran was an Australian statistician who made significant contributions to probability theory and its ...more
E. F. Schumacher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Ernst Friedrich Schumacher (16 August 1911 – 4 September 1977) was a German statistician and economist who is best known for his proposals for human-scale, decentralised and appropriate ...more
Harold Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, (11 March 1916 – 24 May 1995) was a British Labour politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to ...more
Frank Luntz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Frank Ian Luntz (born February 23, 1962) is an American political consultant, pollster, and "public opinion guru" best known for developing talking points and other messaging for ...more
George Dantzig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
George Bernard Dantzig (; November 8, 1914 – May 13, 2005) was an American mathematical scientist who made contributions to industrial engineering, operations research, computer science, ...more
Victor Niederhoffer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Victor Niederhoffer (born December 10, 1943) is a hedge fund manager, champion squash player, bestselling author and statistician.
Harry V. Roberts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Harry V. Roberts
Harry V. Roberts, American statistician, was a distinguished teacher and a pioneer in looking at the applications of Bayesian statistics to business decision making and in Total Quality ...more
James Dodson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
James Dodson
James Dodson FRS was a British mathematician, actuary and innovator in the insurance industry.
Joseph M. Juran is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Joseph Moses Juran (December 24, 1904 – February 28, 2008) was a Romanian-born American engineer and management consultant. He was an evangelist for quality and quality management, having ...more
Giovanni Villani is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Giovanni Villani (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanni vilˈlaːni]; c. 1276 or 1280 – 1348) was an Italian banker, official, diplomat and chronicler from Florence who wrote the Nuova Cronica (New ...more
F. N. David is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
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
William Petty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Sir William Petty FRS (26 May 1623 – 16 December 1687) was an English economist, physician, scientist and philosopher. He first became prominent serving Oliver Cromwell and the Commonwealth in ...more
Nate Silver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Nathaniel Read Silver (born January 13, 1978) is an American statistician and writer who analyzes baseball (see sabermetrics) and elections (see psephology). He is the founder and ...more
D. J. Bartholomew is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
D. J. Bartholomew
David John Bartholomew FBA is a British statistician who was President of the Royal Statistical Society 1993-1995. In 1955 he married Marian Elsie Lake, and they have two daughters. Bartholomew ...more
Robert Schlaifer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Robert Schlaifer
Robert O. Schlaifer was a pioneer of Bayesian decision theory. At the time of his death he was William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration Emeritus of the Harvard Business School. ...more
Simon Kuznets is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Simon Smith Kuznets (; Russian: Семён Абра́мович Кузне́ц, IPA: [sʲɪˈmʲɵn ɐˈbraməvʲɪtɕ kʊzʲˈnʲɛts]; April 30, 1901 – July 8, 1985) was an American economist and statistician who received the 1971 ...more
Mir Masoom Ali is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Statisticians
Mir Masoom Ali (born February 1, 1937), is a Bangladeshi American statistician, Distinguished Professor, educator, researcher and author. He migrated to the United States in 1969 and became a ...more