Zygmund William Birnbaum


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(1903–2000; b. L'viv, Ukraine; d. Seattle, WA)

Austrian statistician, who spent most of his career in the United States. Following parental wishes, Birnbaum studied law at U L'viv obtaining his MA in 1925. He then followed his own interests and studied mathematics, obtaining his PhD in 1929. After practising as an actuary for some years, his interests focused on Statistics. In 1937 he emigrated to the United States and, in 1939, he was appointed to the faculty of U Washington with which he was associated for the rest of his life. He was President of the IMS in 1964 and was presented with the Wilks Award of the ASA in 1984.

Subjects: Probability and Statistics.

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