William Gemmell Cochran
William G. Cochran
|Died||March 29, 1980 (aged 70)|
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
|Known for||Cochran's C test|
Cochran's Q test
|Academic advisors||John Wishart|
|Doctoral students||Donald Rubin|
Cochran studied mathematics at the University of Glasgow and the University of Cambridge. He worked at Rothamsted Experimental Station from 1934 to 1939, when he moved to the United States. There he helped establish several departments of statistics. His longest spell in any one university was at Harvard, which he joined in 1957 and from which he retired in 1976.
Cochran wrote many articles and books. His books became standard texts:
- Experimental Designs (with Gertrude Mary Cox) 1950 ISBN 0-471-54567-8
- Cochran, William G. (1977). Sampling Techniques (Third ed.). Wiley. ISBN 0-471-16240-X.
- Statistical Methods Applied to Experiments in Agriculture and Biology by George W. Snedecor (Cochran contributed from the fifth (1956) edition) ISBN 0-8138-1561-4
- Planning and Analysis of Observational Studies (edited by Lincoln E. Moses and Frederick Mosteller) 1983.
- Brief biography
- ASA biography
- Morris Hansen and Frederick Mosteller (1987) William Gemmell Cochran NAS Biographical Memoirs V.56
- Yates, F. (1982). "Obituary: William Gemmell Cochran, 1909-1980". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A. 145 (4): 521–523. JSTOR 2982120.
- William Gemmell Cochran at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoir
- "Designing Clinical Trials" (1961; Evaluation of Drug Therapy)
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