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Biometrika Trust

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 BIOMETRIKA TRUST
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Biometrika Trust
Date(s): 1901-1916, 1935
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Biometrika | journal
Biometrika Trust


Administrative/Biographical history:

Biometrika, a journal for the statistical study of biological problems, was founded by the eugenicist (Sir) Francis Galton (1822-1911), the mathematician and biologist Karl Pearson (1857-1936), and the zoologist Walter Frank Raphael Weldon (1860-1906), in 1901. It was initially edited by Pearson and Weldon. The journal was later published by the Biometrika Trust, whose offices are accommodated in the the Department of Statistical Science at University College London (founded in 1911 as the Department of Applied Statistics). It is distributed by Oxford University Press.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the foundation and early days of the journal Biometrika, 1901-1916; papers relating to the Biometrika Trust, 1935.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Given to Bernard Norton by Egon Pearson (Professor of Statistics at University College London and son of Karl Pearson) for research.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Found by Dr W Bynum in the History of Medicine Department and transferred to University College London Manuscripts Room in 1988.

Allied Materials

Related material:

University College London Special Collections also holds papers of Karl Pearson relating to the journal Biometrika, 1900-1954 (Ref: PEARSON/347-570); papers of Egon Sharpe Pearson, including material relating to Biometrika (Ref: PEARSON, E S).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: AIM25 descriptions of the Galton, Pearson, and Weldon papers; websites of University College London Faculty of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and Department of Statistical Science, and of Oxford University Press. Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 2001

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