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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


Statistics Seminars: “I didn’t want to be a statistician”—the Second World War as nursery for mathematical statisticians

Presented by John Aldrich, University of Southampton
15 January 2018 14:00 in CM107

The development of mathematical statistics in Britain was interrupted by the First World War and advanced by the Second. That advance was less a matter of intellectual breakthroughs than of education broadly interpreted with the supply of mathematical statisticians increasing to match a perceived demand. I examine the instruments of transformation: at the national level, the mobilisation of scientific manpower, and at the local level, activities within universities and government departments. Of special interest is the supply chain of graduates from Cambridge to the Ministry of Supply’s Advisory Service on Quality Control (SR 17) which produced such post-war leaders as Peter Armitage, George Barnard, Dennis Lindley and Robin Plackett.

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