Abraham Wald

1902 - 1950

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Abraham Wald (; Hungarian: Wald Ábrahám, Yiddish: אברהם וואַלד; (1902-10-31)31 October 1902 – (1950-12-13)13 December 1950) was a Hungarian/Hungarian Jewish mathematician who contributed to decision theory, geometry, and econometrics, and founded the field of statistical sequential analysis. One of the well known statistical works of his during World War II was how to minimize the damage to bomber aircraft taking into account the survivorship bias in his calculations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Abraham Wald has received more than 535,705 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Abraham Wald is the 322nd most popular mathematician (up from 479th in 2019), the 133rd most popular biography from Romania (up from 183rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular Romanian Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Abraham Wald ranks 322 out of 828Before him are Johannes Widmann, Theon of Smyrna, Eutocius of Ascalon, Felix Bernstein, Richard Courant, and Isaac Beeckman. After him are Gerhard Gentzen, Muḥammad ibn Ibrāhīm al-Fazārī, Sergei Adian, Yang Hui, Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, and Philipp Frank.

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Among people born in 1902, Abraham Wald ranks 109Before him are Tallulah Bankhead, Hans von Dohnanyi, Miriam Hopkins, Ernst von Salomon, Riccardo Morandi, and Léon M'ba. After him are Peregrino Anselmo, Giuseppe Pella, Charan Singh, Karl Menger, Fuad Chehab, and Princess Françoise of Orléans. Among people deceased in 1950, Abraham Wald ranks 65Before him are Nikolai Voznesensky, Henry H. Arnold, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Traian Vuia, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, and Walton Walker. After him are Edwin Sutherland, Walter Huston, Edgar Lee Masters, Yi Kwang-su, Hantaro Nagaoka, and Walter Eucken.

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Among people born in Romania, Abraham Wald ranks 133 out of 572Before him are Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde (1812), Lucian Blaga (1895), János Arany (1817), Orban (1404), Vasile Alecsandri (1821), and Tudor Vladimirescu (1780). After him are Serge Klarsfeld (1935), Victor Stănculescu (1928), Marthe Bibesco (1886), Sergiu Nicolaescu (1930), Ludovic Orban (1963), and Mihail Kogălniceanu (1817).


Among mathematicians born in Romania, Abraham Wald ranks 4Before him are János Bolyai (1802), Zoia Ceaușescu (1949), and Farkas Bolyai (1775). After him are Ion Ghica (1816), Spiru Haret (1851), Ion Barbu (1895), Grigore Moisil (1906), and Solomon Marcus (1925).