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George Alfred Barnard


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(1915–2002; b. Walthamstow, England; d. Brightlingsea, England)

English logician, with a special interest in statistical inference, who was one of the first to advocate Monte Carlo tests and the likelihood principle. Barnard graduated from Cambridge U in 1937. His interest in statistics developed after being recruited to the Ministry of Supply in 1942. In 1945 he joined the faculty at IC, moving in 1966 to U Essex as the founding Professor of Statistics. He was Chairman of the IoS in 1961, President of the ORS in 1963, President of the IMA in 1970, and President of the RSS in 1972. He was the COPSS Fisher Lecturer in 1976. He received the Guy Medal of the RSS in Silver in 1958 and the Guy Medal in Gold in 1975. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the RSS in 1993.

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