Emil Julius Gumbel


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(1891–1966; b. Munich, Germany; d. New York City)

German Jewish statistician who spent most of his career in exile. He was educated at Munich U, obtaining a PhD in population statistics in 1914. In 1923 he joined the faculty of U Heidelberg but he was an outspoken pacifist and his political publications led to exile, first in France in 1932 where he worked at U Lyon, and then in the United States in 1940. It was while in France that he published the definitive study of the extreme-value distribution that bears his name.

Subjects: Probability and Statistics.

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