Mahalanobis & Fisher: Mathematical Statistics As A Global Enterprise

3:00–4:30 pm
Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, Auditorium, 7, S.J.S. Sansanwal Marg


Between 1930 and 1950, P. C. Mahalanobis played a crucial role in the global development of mathematical statistics and its practical application. This talk will focus particularly on the story of his relationship with Ronald A. Fisher over this period.

Professor Stephen Stigler is one of the world's foremost experts on the history of statistics, particularly the development of statistical methods in the natural and social sciences. He has been influential in shaping the research in multiple ways. His focus on history has provided a unique angle from which to view and comment on contemporary research, both in statistics and beyond. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of two books: The History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty Before 1900, and Statistics on the Table: The History of Statistical Concepts and Methods.