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Francis Galton

1822 - 1911

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Sir Francis Galton, FRS FRAI (; 16 February 1822 – 17 January 1911), was an English Victorian era polymath: a statistician, sociologist, psychologist, anthropologist, tropical explorer, geographer, inventor, meteorologist, proto-geneticist, psychometrician and a proponent of social Darwinism, eugenics, and scientific racism. He was knighted in 1909. Galton produced over 340 papers and books. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francis Galton has received more than 2,062,196 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Francis Galton is the most popular statistician, the 231st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 229th in 2019) and the most popular British Statistician.

Francis Galton is most famous for his work in the field of eugenics. He was a pioneer in the study of human intelligence and he was the first to apply statistical methods to the study of human differences and inheritance of intelligence.

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Among statisticians, Francis Galton ranks 1 out of 9After him are Pafnuty Chebyshev, Karl Pearson, Thomas Bayes, Ronald Fisher, Jerzy Neyman, C. R. Rao, Joseph Kruskal, and Gertrude Mary Cox.

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Among people born in 1822, Francis Galton ranks 8Before him are Ulysses S. Grant, Gregor Mendel, Heinrich Schliemann, Frédéric Passy, César Franck, and Rudolf Clausius. After him are Rutherford B. Hayes, Étienne Lenoir, Midhat Pasha, Charles Hermite, Prince Napoléon Bonaparte, and Edmond de Goncourt. Among people deceased in 1911, Francis Galton ranks 4Before him are Gustav Mahler, Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff, and Wilhelm Dilthey. After him are Alfred Binet, Joseph Pulitzer, Pyotr Stolypin, Paul Lafargue, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Georg Jellinek, Emilio Salgari, and Valentin Serov.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Francis Galton ranks 231 out of 7,765Before him are John Deacon (1951), Jane Birkin (1946), Laurence Olivier (1907), Thomas Henry Huxley (1825), Sting (1951), and Alcuin (735). After him are Benjamin Disraeli (1804), Lady Jane Grey (1537), Peter O'Toole (1932), Lemmy (1945), Roger Penrose (1931), and Harold Wilson (1916).

Among STATISTICIANS In United Kingdom

Among statisticians born in United Kingdom, Francis Galton ranks 1After him are Karl Pearson (1857), Thomas Bayes (1702), and Ronald Fisher (1890).