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A. W. F. Edwards


Who is A. W. F. Edwards?

A. W. F. Edwards: Anthony William Fairbank Edwards is a British statistician, geneticist, and evolutionary biologist, sometimes called Fisher's Edwards in the context of 20th century genetics. He is a Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and retired Professor of Biometry at the University of Cambridge, and holds both the ScD and LittD degrees. A pupil of R.A. Fisher, he has written several books and numerous scientific papers. He is best known for his pioneering work, with L.L. Cavalli-Sforza, on quantitative methods of phylogenetic analysis, and for strongly advocating Fisher's concept of likelihood as the proper basis for statistical and scientific inference. He has also written extensively on the history of genetics and statistics, including an analysis of whether Mendel's results were "too good", and also on purely mathematical subjects, such as Venn diagrams.

  • born in (81 years ago)
  • nationality: United Kingdom
  • profession: Statistician
  • written works: "Pascal's arithmetical triangle", "Foundations of mathematical genetics", "Cogwheels of the Mind", "Nashville Interiors, 1866 to 1922"

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