10 Facts About Jerzy Neyman


Jerzy Neyman was a Polish mathematician and statistician who spent the first part of his professional career at various institutions in Warsaw, Poland and then at University College London, and the second part at the University of California, Berkeley.


Jerzy Neyman's family was Roman Catholic, and Neyman served as an altar boy during his early childhood.


Jerzy Neyman's family descended from a long line of Polish nobles and military heroes.


Jerzy Neyman graduated from the Kamieniec Podolski gubernial gymnasium for boys in 1909 under the name Yuri Cheslavovich Neyman.


Jerzy Neyman began studies at Kharkov University in 1912, where he was taught by Ukrainian probabilist Sergei Natanovich Bernstein.


Jerzy Neyman earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree at University of Warsaw in 1924 for a dissertation titled "On the Applications of the Theory of Probability to Agricultural Experiments".


Jerzy Neyman spent a couple of years in London and Paris on a fellowship to study statistics with Karl Pearson and Emile Borel.


Jerzy Neyman published many books dealing with experiments and statistics, and devised the way which the FDA tests medicines today.


Jerzy Neyman introduced the confidence interval in his paper in 1937.


Jerzy Neyman was an Invited Speaker of the ICM in 1928 in Bologna and a Plenary Speaker of the ICM in 1954 in Amsterdam.