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 Frank Anscombe dies

   Anscombe, Francis J.
   Computing in statistical science through APL. New York:
   Springer-Verlag, 1981. 426 p.
   xv, 426 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
   Springer series in statistics
   Summaries in French and German
   Bibliography: p. 410-417
   Includes index
   [7]Statistics -- [8]Data processing
   [9]APL (Computer program language)
   [10]Statistical computing iis - Statistics founder Anscombe dies at 83

  Published Monday, October 29, 2001
  Statistics founder Anscombe dies at 83

  Contributing Reporter
  Francis John Anscombe, eminent professor and founder of Yale's
  Statistics Department, died on Oct. 17. He was 83.
  The cause was Alzheimer's disease, according to the Department of
  Anscombe graduated with honors in mathematics from Trinity College in
  Cambridge, England in 1939 and received a master's degree in 1943. He
  began teaching at Cambridge University in 1948 and then came to the
  United States to teach at Princeton University in 1956. Prodded by
  members of the Yale Economics Department, he founded the Department of
  Statistics in 1963.
  During World War II Anscombe engineered the deployment of weapons for
  the English Ministry of Supply. He worked under the aegis of Duncan
  Sandys, Prime Minister Winston Churchill's son-in-law, to develop
  anti-aircraft missiles and also helped orchestrate accurate firing
  sequences for the Allied D-Day invasion.
  Anscombe was also an avid art enthusiast.
  In 1951, he purchased a Francis Bacon painting for the Fitzwilliam
  Museum. After displaying the work for a couple of months, the museum
  returned the work to Anscombe saying it was too modern. When Bacon's
  surrealist style became renowned, Anscombe sold the painting to pay
  for his children's education.
  Although Anscombe published more than 50 articles and a book during
  his lifetime, his colleagues say they will remember him most for his
  He had a passion for problems of social relevance, and said once that
  it would behoove new doctorate recipients to work on a project that
  had "some definite mission."
  According to colleagues, Anscombe did a lot of work "behind the
  scenes" for which he did not take credit. He is described as gentle
  but straight-forward.
  "He had a lot of class," said fellow professor of statistics John
  Hartigan. "He would gently push you into the ways he wanted you to
  In addition to being an art guru, Anscombe wrote poetry, sang, and
  enjoyed playing the recorder. When he attended musical performances,
  he always brought a copy of the score so he could follow the piece.
  His funeral was held last Thursday at St. John's Episcopal Church.

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     John Tukey's survivors include: first cousins Clayton Tasker of Jekyll
     Island, GA, Wilder A. Tasker of New Bern, NC; nephews Francis
     Anscombe, Anthony Anscombe, and Frederick Anscombe, and niece
     Elizabeth Anscombe Valeika; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
     Professor and Mrs. Francis Anscombe of New Haven, CT; four great
     nieces and a number of second cousins from the Tukey branch of the
     family. His wife of 48 years, Elizabeth Rapp Tukey, died in January
     of 1998.

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