Henry Daniels

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Henry Ellis Daniels FRS[1] (2 October 1912 – 16 April 2000)[2] was a British statistician. He was President of the Royal Statistical Society (1974–1975), and was awarded its Guy Medal in Gold in 1984, following a Silver medal in 1947. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1980. The Parry-Daniels map is named after him (together with the English mathematician Bill Parry).[3][4]

Daniels' family was Jewish, of Russian (partly Polish and partly Lithuanian) origin.[5] He was educated at George Heriot's School.[5] He subsequently graduated from the University of Edinburgh (M.A. Hons. 1933, Ph.D. 1943) and went on to further study at Clare College, Cambridge (B.A. 1935).[6] In 1957, he became the first Professor of Mathematical Statistics at the University of Birmingham.[2] He stayed at the university till his retirement in 1978. After retirement, he went to Cambridge and lived there until his death.[7]

The watchmaker George Daniels (no relation) enlisted Daniels' help with the equations required for the design of his Space Traveller's Watch.[2]

Selected publications by Daniels[edit]

  • Daniels, H. E. (1954). "Saddlepoint Approximations in Statistics" (PDF). The Annals of Mathematical Statistics. 25 (4): 631. doi:10.1214/aoms/1177728652.
  • Daniels, H. E. (1975). "Statistics in Universities--A Personal View". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. 138 (1): 1–17. doi:10.2307/2345246.


  1. ^ Cox, D. (2003). "Henry Ellis Daniels. 2 October 1912 - 16 April 2000". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 49: 133. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2003.0008.
  2. ^ a b c "Obituaries: Henry Daniels, Edwin J. Redfern". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series D. 50 (2): 213–215. 2001. doi:10.1111/1467-9884.00273.
  3. ^ Whittle, P. (1993). "A Conversation with Henry Daniels". Statistical Science. 8 (3): 342–353. doi:10.1214/ss/1177010911.
  4. ^ Henry Daniels at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ a b "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/74126. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "DANIELS, Prof. Henry Ellis". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2018 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  7. ^ Whittle, Peter (4 May 2000). "Obituary: Henry Daniels". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 September 2013.

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