Mr Ronald Fisher

Sir Ronald Fisher was the first to apply statistics in biological research. He worked at Rothamsted Research for 14 years from 1919, where he developed the analysis of variance (ANOVA) to analyze the immense data from crop experiments. Fisher realized the need for improved statistical techniques over the whole range of agricultural and biological research, and the groundwork for modern applied statistics was laid by him and his colleagues during the 1920s and 1930s. He is known as one of the three principal founders of population genetics. He outlined Fisher’s principle as well as the Fisherian runaway and sexy son hypothesis theories of sexual selection. He also made important contributions to statistics, including the maximum likelihood, fiducial inference, the derivation of various sampling distributions and many others.