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Willcox, Walter Francis (1861-1964)

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Willcox, Walter Francis (1861-1964)

Subject

Willcox, Walter Francis

Description

W. F. Willcox was an American statistician who initiated the first statistics course at Cornell University in 1892.

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Collens, Jackie (created stub)
De Bel, Heather (added biography)

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Language

English

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Ithaca, New York

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Birth Date

1861-03-22

Birthplace

Reading, Masachusetts

Death Date

1964-10-12

Occupation

Statistician

Biographical Text

Walter Francis Willcox was a statistician and economist. He specialized in divorce, blacks, immigration and public health.

He was graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, in 1880, from Amherst College in 1884 with an A.B., and received an A.M. degree from Amherst College in 1888. He received an LL.B degree in 1887 and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1891. In 1906 he received an honorary LL.D. degree from Amherst College.

Wiilcox was a Cornell University faculty member from 1891 to 1931 within the President White School of History and Political Science. He held the presidency of the American Statistical Association from 1911 to 1912 and of the American Economic Association. He published The Divorce Problem, A Study in Statistics, and Supplementary Analysis and Derivative Tables, twelfth census. He contributed the "Negroes in the United States" subsection to the "Negro" article in the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica.

Willcox initiated the first statistics course at Cornell in 1892, one of the earliest university courses in statistics in the United States, and one among 16 universities with such courses in the 1890s. His research interest was in vital statistics.

Bibliography

Walter Francis Willcox Papers, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library

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