William Farr

(1807—1883) statistician and epidemiologist

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A British physician who became the first Compiler of Abstracts in the Office of the Registrar General of England and Wales, where he worked for more than 40 years, studying, analyzing, and reporting on all that could be learned from the annual records of deaths. He established the analysis of vital statistics as an essential tool in public health services.

Subjects: Probability and Statistics — Public Health and Epidemiology.

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