Jerzy Neyman

National Medal of Science

Mathematics And Computer Science

For laying the foundations of modern statistics and devising tests and procedure that have become essential parts of the knowledge of every statistician.

For laying the foundations of modern statistics and devising tests and procedure that have become essential parts of the knowledge of every statistician.

VIEW STATISTICS +

Birth
April 16, 1894
Age Awarded
74
Country of Birth
Russia
Key Contributions
Foundations Of Modern Statistics
Awarded by
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Education
Kharkov University
University of Warsaw
Areas of Impact
Theory & Foundations
Affiliations
University of California, Berkeley
B

But the budding statistician’s linguistic aptitude paled in comparison to his comprehension of mathematics. In 1912, Neyman began his studies at Kharkov University in Ukraine. Later, he would become a professor at the university, teaching higher algebra, integration, and set theory.

While teaching at University College in London, Neyman authored a paper on sampling stratified populations that paved the way for the foundations of the Gallup Poll.

After immigrating to the U.S. in 1938, Neyman accepted a position at U.C. Berkeley. There, he helped build a leading center for mathematical statistics, championing concepts such as theories of estimation and testing hypotheses. Neyman shunned math for the sake of math, often demonstrating to his classes the wide real-world application of statistics in fields from meteorology to medicine. “Statistics,” he would tell his students, “is the servant to all sciences.”

...