Anscombe, Francis John 1918-2001

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ANSCOMBE, Francis John 1918-2001


Born May 13, 1918, in Elstree, Hertfordshire, England; immigrated to the United States, 1956; died of complications from Alzheimer's disease October 17, 2001, in New Haven, CT; son of Francis Champion and Honoria Constance (Fallowfield) Anscombe; married Phyllis Elaine Rapp, June 16, 1954; children: Francis Rossiter, Anthony John, Frederick F., Elizabeth Anscombe Valeika. Education: Cambridge University, B.A., 1939, M.A., 1943.


British Ministry of Supply, staff member, 1940-45; Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England, staff member, 1945-47; Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, lecturer in mathematics, 1948-56; Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, associate professor, 1956-60, professor of mathematics, 1960-63; Yale University, New Haven, CT, professor of statistics, 1963-88, professor emeritus, 1988-2001, founding chair of Department of Statistics. Princeton University, research associate, 1953-54; University of Chicago, visiting professor, 1959-60. National Bureau of Standards, chair of National Academy of Sciences—National Research Council advisory panel on applied mathematics, 1966-67.


Curso de aplicaciones industriales de la estadistica, 1957.

Computing in Statistical Science through APL, Springer Verlag (New York, NY), 1981.

Contributor of more than fifty articles to scientific journals.



New York Times, October 25, 2001, obituary by Wolfgang Saxon, p. D9.