Geoffrey Stuart Watson


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(1922–98; b. Bendigo, Australia; d. Princeton, NJ)

Australian statistician who spent most of his career in the United States. A mathematics graduate of U Melbourne (1942), Watson worked for five years as a teacher before travelling to the United States, where he obtained his PhD from North Carolina State U in 1951. After a succession of posts in Australia, England, and Canada, he moved to Princeton U in 1970. Watson is known for his part in the introduction of the 1950 Durbin–Watson statistic for testing for serial correlation and in the 1964 Wheeler–Watson test for cyclic data. He was a talented artist.

Subjects: Probability and Statistics.

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