(1902–94; b. Manchester, England; d. Harpenden, England) English mathematician and statistician. In 1924 Yates left Cambridge U with first class results in mathematics. After two years as a mathematics teacher, he joined the Gold Coast (now Ghana) Survey as a mathematics advisor. However, the climate affected his health and he returned to England, joining the statistics staff at Rothamsted in 1931. He was a keen user of computers, writing that ‘to be a good theoretical statistician one must also compute’. He was elected FRS in 1948, being awarded the Society's Royal Medal in 1966. Although he retired in 1967 he maintained his links with Rothamsted, and his last paper was published in 1990, when he was 88. He was President of the RSS in 1967 and was awarded its Guy Medal in Gold in 1960. He was elected an Honorary Life Member of the IBS in 1971.
From A Dictionary of Statistics in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Probability and Statistics.