John Wishart (statistician)
|Died||14 July 1956 (aged 57)|
|Alma mater||Edinburgh University|
University College London
|Institutions||Rothamsted Experimental Station|
University of Cambridge
|Doctoral advisor||Karl Pearson|
|Doctoral students||M. S. Bartlett William Gemmell Cochran|
Dr John Wishart FRSE (28 November 1898 – 14 July 1956) was a Scottish mathematician and agricultural statistician.
He worked successively at University College London with Karl Pearson, at Rothamsted Experimental Station with Ronald Fisher, and then as a leader in statistics in the University of Cambridge where he became the first Director of the Statistical Laboratory in 1953. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1931, and edited Biometrika from 1937. In 1950 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He first formulated a generalised product-moment distribution named the Wishart distribution in his honour, in 1928.
Wishart drowned aged 57 having suffered a stroke while swimming in the sea at Revolcadero Beach, Acapulco while representing the Food and Agriculture Organization on a mission to set up a research centre.
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- View/Search Fellows of the ASA, accessed 2016-07-23.
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- Times Obituary
- Pearson, E. S. (1957). "John Wishart 1898–1956". Biometrika. 44: 1. doi:10.1093/biomet/44.1-2.1.
- First World War service
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