Egon Pearson: Cambridge lecture notes

Scope and Content

Lecture notes taken by Pearson while a student at Cambridge University:

T. Bromwich, differential equations of mathematical physics, April-June 1919.

A.S. Eddington, combination of observations, post First World War.

A.S. Eddington, relativity, post First World War.

A.S. Eddington, spherical astronomy and determination of orbits, post First World War.

A.S. Eddington, spherical astronomy, post First World War.

G.H. Hardy, differentation and maxima and mimima implicit functions, Autumn 1915.

Richmond, curves in space, Lent 1915.

G.I. Taylor, the theory of tides, c. 1920.

Lectures on solar physics, 1920.

Lectures on the theory of errors.

Administrative / Biographical History

Egon Sharpe Pearson (1895-1980), statistician, was born at Hampstead, London, on 11 August 1895, son of the biometrician Karl Pearson. He attended Dragon School, Oxford, and Winchester College before entering Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1920; M.A., 1924), where he studied mathematics. Pearson became a statistics lecturer in his father's department at University College London, and was appointed head of the statistics department, 1933, and professor, 1935. During the Second World War, he was seconded to the Ordnance Board. He was closely connected with the journal Biometrika, and was its editor for many years. Pearson retired from his London chair in 1960, and died at West Lavington, near Midhurst, Sussex, on 12 June 1980.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Professor E.S. Pearson, 1971.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on E.S. Pearson in Lord Blake and C.S. Nicholls, eds, Dictionary of national biography, 1971-1980 (Oxford University Press, 1986), pp. 662-663.

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