William Feller


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(1906–70; b. Zagreb, Croatia; d. New York City) Croatian probabilist who spent most of his career in the USA. Feller was author of the influential two-volume An Introduction to Probability Theory and its Applications. Volume 1 was published in 1950 and remained the standard introductory text for several decades. He obtained his MSc at U Zagreb in 1925 and his PhD at U Göttingen in 1926. Following posts at U Kiel, U Copenhagen, and U Stockholm, he moved to Brown U in the USA in 1939, then to Cornell U in 1945, and to Princeton U in 1950. He was President of the IMS in 1947 and its Rietz Lecturer in 1955. Feller was elected to membership of the NAS in 1960.

From A Dictionary of Statistics in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Probability and Statistics.

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