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Biometry at University College, London

    Naturevolume 140page612 (1937) | Download Citation



    FROM the beginning of the present session, Prof. J. B. S. Haldane changes his duties by taking on those of the first Weldon professor of biometry, and he is the first holder of a chair in the subject at any British university. The post was founded by a bequest left last year by Mrs. F. J. Weldon in memory of her husband, Prof. W. F. R. Weldon, who was one of the original editors of Biometrika. Prof. Haldane will give the first of a course of ten lectures on biometry at 5 p.m. on October 12. In 1895 Karl Pearson gave his first course on the mathematical theory of statistics at University College, when he was professor of applied mathematics and mechanics. The Biometric Laboratory originated at this time. In 1907 he took over the Eugenics Laboratory from Sir Francis Galton. On his death two years later, the latter left the residue of his estate for the founding of a professorship and Laboratory of National Eugenics and Karl Pearson became the first Galton professor. For the next twenty years, research and teaching in eugenics, statistics and biometry were carried out in the same Department, known as that of Applied Statistics. On the retirement of the director in 1933, separate departments for the first two of these subjects were instituted, and there are now chairs for all three at the College where they first obtained academic recognition.

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