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Student

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 June 2014

Caoimhghin S Breathnach
Affiliation:
Department of Physiology, University College Dublin, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland

Abstract

William Sealy Gosset [1876-1937] was a brewer in Arthur Guinness and Co. Dublin from 1899 to 1935 when he moved to London. In 1907, writing under the nom de plume Student he published his paper on “the probable error of a mean” which was later developed by R A Fisher into Student's test of significance now in everyday use in biology and industry.

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