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Who are some famous statisticians from the 20th and 21st centuries, who didn't have a formal training in statistics?

I'm looking for examples of people who made some important contributions to the field of statistics, yet their original training was not in statistics and they may have learned it 'on the job', while ...
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Poisson's approximation to the binomial

I'm assuming that Poisson came up with his approximation to the binomial to ease the burden of computing the binomial coefficients for large n. I'm also assuming that as a student of Laplace, who ...
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Why some calculations noted as "sym^2" and "sym", while others noted as "symA" and "symB", where "symB" is the square root of "symA"?

Today I learnt that the standard deviation is calculated as square root of the mean of the squares of the deviations from the arithmetic mean of the distribution. The mean of the squares of the ...
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Did Egon Pearson have a PhD?

Did the statistician Egon Pearson have a PhD? If not, to what extent did he write a dissertation?
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