Ronald Fisher

1890 - 1962

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Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (17 February 1890 – 29 July 1962) was a British polymath who was active as a mathematician, statistician, biologist, geneticist, and academic. For his work in statistics, he has been described as "a genius who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science" and "the single most important figure in 20th century statistics". In genetics, his work used mathematics to combine Mendelian genetics and natural selection; this contributed to the revival of Darwinism in the early 20th-century revision of the theory of evolution known as the modern synthesis, being the one to most comprehensively combine the ideas of Gregor Mendel and Charles Darwin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ronald Fisher has received more than 1,822,676 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Ronald Fisher is the 4th most popular statistician, the 735th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 761st in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Statistician.

Ronald Fisher is most famous for his work in population genetics. He is also known for his work in the field of statistics, and for his contributions to the design of experiments.

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Over the past year Ronald Fisher has had the most page views in the with 204,661 views, followed by Spanish (28,394), and Japanese (12,152). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Pashto (202.61%), Simple English (138.04%), and Malagasy (105.83%)


Among statisticians, Ronald Fisher ranks 4 out of 8Before him are Francis Galton, Thomas Bayes, and Karl Pearson. After him are Jerzy Neyman, C. R. Rao, Joseph Kruskal, and Gertrude Mary Cox.

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Among people born in 1890, Ronald Fisher ranks 41Before him are Hans-Valentin Hube, Jaroslav Heyrovský, Elsa Schiaparelli, Anthony Fokker, Groucho Marx, and Beniamino Gigli. After him are Nikolai Trubetzkoy, Jacques Ibert, Vannevar Bush, Habibullāh Kalakāni, Viktor Lutze, and Moša Pijade. Among people deceased in 1962, Ronald Fisher ranks 31Before him are Hans-Jürgen von Arnim, Charles Laughton, Alfred Cortot, Bruno Walter, Joseph Berchtold, and Hans Lammers. After him are Ivan Meštrović, Jacques Ibert, C. Wright Mills, Stuart Sutcliffe, Hanns Eisler, and Archduke Joseph August of Austria.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Ronald Fisher ranks 735 out of 8,785Before him are Deborah Kerr (1921), Patrick White (1912), John of Salisbury (1110), Jude Law (1972), Alexander R. Todd (1907), and James Mill (1773). After him are Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738), Thomas Mun (1571), H. H. Asquith (1852), William John Macquorn Rankine (1820), Percy Fawcett (1867), and Tom Jones (1940).

Among STATISTICIANS In United Kingdom

Among statisticians born in United Kingdom, Ronald Fisher ranks 4Before him are Francis Galton (1822), Thomas Bayes (1702), and Karl Pearson (1857).