Edwin Bidwell Wilson

American mathematician (1879-1964)

1879   -   1964

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Harvard University, Yale University, École normale supérieure, Harvard College
occupation: mathematician, physicist, statistician
award received: Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, Fellow of the Econometric Society, Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award

Edwin Bidwell Wilson (April 25, 1879 – December 28, 1964) was an American mathematician, statistician, physicist and general polymath. He was the sole protégé of Yale University physicist Josiah Willard Gibbs and was mentor to MIT economist Paul Samuelson. Wilson had a distinguished academic career at Yale and MIT, followed by a long and distinguished period of service as a civilian employee of the US Navy in the Office of Naval Research. In his latter role, he was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the highest honorary award available to a civilian employee of the US Navy. Wilson made broad contributions to mathematics, statistics and aeronautics, and is well-known for producing a number of widely used textbooks. He is perhaps best known for his derivation of the eponymously named Wilson score interval, which is a confidence interval used widely in statistics.
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