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The education of Jean André Ville. (English) Zbl 1170.01378
Summary: Jean André Ville (1910–1989), who brought the concept of a martingale into the mathematical theory of probability, is relatively little known. This article recounts circumstances and events of the first three decades of his life, from his birth in Marseille on June 24, 1910, to his defense of a doctoral thesis in 1939, on the eve of World War II. Additional information about his life and work is provided in other articles and documents in this issue of the Electronic Journal for History of Probability and Statistics.

01A60 History of mathematics in the 20th century
62-03 History of statistics
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