Person: Bartlett, Maurice Stevenson
Maurice Stevenson Bartlett was an English statistician who made contributions to the analysis of data with spatial and temporal patterns.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Maurice did not shine at elementary school, and he was considered quite slow on the uptake.
- the headmaster of Latymer summoned them to his office to impress upon them the desirability that the young Bartlett should continue his education.
- Wishart had both a flair for mathematical statistics and a flair for very practical applications of experimental design and his course had a major influence on Bartlett.
- Although offered a position in the Inland Revenue, Bartlett took the opportunity to stay at Cambridge for another year presented to him when his scholarship was extended.
- This was a highly successful year for Bartlett, and he was awarded the Rayleigh Prize.
- Bartlett was offered the post and happily accepted, taking up the position in October 1933.
- Bartlett felt that he wanted to become involved in statistics in a more practical way and, after only one year at University College, the opportunity arose when he was offered the position of statistician at ICI's Agricultural Research Station at Jealott's Hill.
- Bartlett was appointed and took up the lectureship in October 1938.
- Bartlett was assigned to war work relating to the development of rocketry.
- In 1947 Bartlett was offered the Chair of Mathematical Statistics at the University of Manchester; he happily accepted.
- Sheila died in 1998, leaving a grieving but stoic Maurice in their home at Exmouth.
- Egon Pearson retired from his chair at University College, London, in 1960 and the university approached Bartlett and offered him the chair.
- We have already mentioned Bartlett's most famous book An Introduction to Stochastic Processes with Special Reference to Methods and Application (1955).
- We note that throughout Bartlett's career, there was an interplay between practical and mathematical statistics.
- Of course Bartlett's remarkable achievements led to him being honoured by many different bodies.
Born 18 June 1910, Chiswick, London, England. Died 8 January 2002, Exmouth, Devon, England.
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