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Frank Albert Benford Jr.
|Born||May 29, 1883|
|Died||December 4, 1948 (aged 65)|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Known for||Benford's Law|
Frank Albert Benford Jr. (July 10, 1883 – December 4, 1948) was an American electrical engineer and physicist best known for rediscovering and generalizing Benford's Law, a statistical statement about the occurrence of digits in lists of data.
Benford is also known for having devised, in 1937, an instrument for measuring the refractive index of glass. An expert in optical measurements, he published 109 papers in the fields of optics and mathematics and was granted 20 patents on optical devices.
He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1910.
Benford worked for General Electric, first in the Illuminating Engineering Laboratory for 18 years, then the Research Laboratory for 20 years until retiring in July 1948.
He died suddenly at his home on December 4, 1948.