Frank Yates Statistician

Frank Yates FRS (May 12, 1902 – June 17, 1994) was one of the pioneers of 20th century statistics. He was born in Manchester. Yates was the eldest of five children, and the only boy, born to Edith and Percy Yates. His father was a seed merchant. He attended Wadham House, a private school, before gaining a scholarship to Clifton College in 1916. After four years there he obtained a scholarship at St John's College, Cambridge and four years later graduated with a First Class Honours degree. He spent two years teaching mathematics to secondary school pupils before heading to Africa where he was mathematical advisor on the Gold Coast Survey. He returned to England due to ill health and met and married a chemist, Margaret Forsythe Marsden, the daughter of a civil servant. This marriage was dissolved in 1933 and he later married Prascovie (Pauline) Tchitchkine, previously the partner of Alexis Tchitchkine. After her death in 1976 he married Ruth Hunt, his long-time secretary. In 1931 Yates was appointed assistant statistician at Rothamsted Experimental Station by R.A. Fisher. In 1933 he became head of statistics when Fisher went to University College London.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 12th, 1902
Date of death
June 17th, 1994 at age of 92
Places lived
Manchester , England


1. Clifton College Independent school

Clifton College is a co-educational independent school in Clifton, Bristol, England, founded in 1862. In its early years it was notable (compared with most Public Schools of the time) for emphasising science in the curriculum, and for being less concerned with social elitism, e.g. by admitting day-boys on equal terms and providing a dedicated boarding house for Jewish boys. Having linked its General Studies classes with Badminton School since 1972, it admitted girls to the Sixth Form in 1987 and is now fully coeducational. The dedicated Jewish boarding house closed in 2005. Clifton is one of the original 26 English public schools as defined by the Public Schools Yearbook of 1889.

Type Mixed-sex education
32 College Road, Bristol, South West England
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended Clifton College connected by profession and/or age

b. 1902., Actor
b. 1897., Composer
b. 1905., Spy
b. 1901., Actor
b. 1903., Actor
b. 1906., Author
b. 1906., Academic
b. 1900., Novelist

Written work

1.Sampling methods for censuses and surveys

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1949. at New York City
1953. at New York City
1981. at London

2.Experimental design

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1970. at London


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