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A brief history of the statistics department of the University of California at Berkeley

T Speed, J Pitman, J Rice

Strength in Numbers: The Rising of Academic Statistics Departments in the U. S. | Published : 2013


The early history of our department was dominated by Jerzy Neyman (1894-1981), while the next phase was largely in the hands of Neyman's students, with Erich Lehmann (1917-2009) being a central, long-lived, and much loved member of this group. We are very fortunate in having the biography Neyman-From Life written by Constance Reid (1918-2010), and Erich's Reminiscences of a Statistician: The Company I Kept and other historical material documenting the founding and growth of the department, and the people in it. In what follows we will draw heavily on these sources, describing what seems to us a remarkable success story: one person starting a cell of statistical research and teaching not bein..

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