21 April 1888|
Croydon, Surrey, England
|Died||15 March 1950
Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
|Other names||Blanche Muriel Bristol-Roach|
|Known for||Being able to determine whether the tea or the milk came first|
Muriel Bristol (21 April 1888 – 15 March 1950), Ph.D., was a phycologist who worked at the Rothamsted Experimental Station in 1919. Her research focused on the mechanisms by which algae acquire nutrients.
Bristol was a Ph.D. scientist established the Rothamstead Experiment Station in 1919. This was the place that Fisher was later to make famous.
Statistics and tea
In addition to her scientific work, she was the woman whose claim to be able to tell whether the milk or the tea was poured into a cup first prompted Ronald Fisher to devise Fisher's exact test to assess the statistical significance of such claims; see lady tasting tea. The test was actually performed, and Bristol-Roach successfully identified "more than enough ... to prove her case".
Bristol married William Roach in 1923.
- Daniel F. Jackson, Algae, Man, and the Environment: Proceedings of an International Symposium (1969) 
- B. Mureil Bristol-Roach, On the Carbon Nutrition of Some Algae Isolated from Soil. (1927) Annals of Botany 41, no. 163 (1927): 509-17. 
- Sturdivant, Lt. Col. Rod. "Lady Tasting Tea" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-07-10.
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