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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 Jewish Hungarian mathematician who contributed to decision theory, geometry, and econometrics and founded the field of statistical sequential analysis. One of his well-known statistical works was written during World War II on how to minimize the damage to bomber aircraft and took 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 605,737 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Abraham Wald is the 335th most popular mathematician (down from 322nd in 2019), the 149th most popular biography from Romania (down from 133rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular Romanian Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Abraham Wald ranks 335 out of 823Before him are Charles-Eugène Delaunay, Jean Dieudonné, Guidobaldo del Monte, Richard Courant, George Green, and Gerhard Gentzen. After him are Edward Waring, Felix Bernstein, Jesse Douglas, Pietro Cataldi, Richard Hamming, and Paul Lévy.

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Among people born in 1902, Abraham Wald ranks 109Before him are Jean Rey, Ryu Gwansun, Peregrino Anselmo, Elsa Lanchester, Albert Anastasia, and Leopold Figl. After him are Heinz Rühmann, Giuseppe Pella, Santos Iriarte, Mitrofan Nedelin, Ernst von Salomon, and Josep Lluís Sert. Among people deceased in 1950, Abraham Wald ranks 70Before him are Olaf Stapledon, Traian Vuia, Edwin Sutherland, Hantaro Nagaoka, Walter Eucken, and Walton Walker. After him are Kazys Grinius, Ulrich Graf, Lev Berg, Gustaf John Ramstedt, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, and Shigenori Tōgō.

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Among people born in Romania, Abraham Wald ranks 149 out of 665Before him are Ibrahim Muteferrika (1674), Sándor Kőrösi Csoma (1784), Nicolae Grigorescu (1838), Ecaterina Teodoroiu (1894), Octavian Goga (1881), and Radu Lupu (1945). After him are János Arany (1817), Lucian Blaga (1895), Victor Stănculescu (1928), Richard Wurmbrand (1909), Marthe Bibesco (1886), and Angelica Rozeanu (1921).


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), Ion Barbu (1895), Spiru Haret (1851), Grigore Moisil (1906), and Solomon Marcus (1925).