R. A. Fisher: Twice professor of genetics: London and Cambridge “A fairly well-known geneticist”.

*(English)*Zbl 0726.01012A number of historical sources now exist of the life and work of the great statistical theorist and geneticist R. A. Fisher (1890–1962), most notably, J. H. Bennett (ed.), Collected papers of R. A. Fisher. Vol. I, 1912–1924 (Adelaide, South Australia 1971; Zbl 0292.62002); J. F. Box, R. A. Fisher: the life of a scientist (New York 1986; Zbl 0666.01016) and S. E. Fienberg and D. V. Hinkley, R. A. Fisher: an appreciation (New York 1980; Zbl 0436.62002).

The present paper is one of several on Fisher read on the Fisher Centenary Meeting of the British Region of the Biometric Society on 13 February 1990 at Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, England, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fisher’s birth. It consists of autobiographical reminiscences by one of the last students to enter Cambridge University’s Department of Genetics during Fisher’s term as Arthur Balfour Professor there, and of notes about Fisher’s life and work in genetics. Most notably, the author seeks to bring out the substantial influence Fisher had through his teaching.

The present paper is one of several on Fisher read on the Fisher Centenary Meeting of the British Region of the Biometric Society on 13 February 1990 at Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, England, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fisher’s birth. It consists of autobiographical reminiscences by one of the last students to enter Cambridge University’s Department of Genetics during Fisher’s term as Arthur Balfour Professor there, and of notes about Fisher’s life and work in genetics. Most notably, the author seeks to bring out the substantial influence Fisher had through his teaching.

Reviewer: Eugene Seneta (Sydney)

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01A60 | History of mathematics in the 20th century |

92-03 | History of biology |

62-03 | History of statistics |

01A70 | Biographies, obituaries, personalia, bibliographies |