 M. S. Bartlett

M. S. Bartlett Born 18 June 1910 Died 8 January 2002 (aged 91)Nationality British Alma mater University of Cambridge Doctoral advisor John Wishart Doctoral students David George Kendall
Alladi RamakrishnanMaurice Stevenson Bartlett FRS (18 June 1910 – 8 January 2002) was an English statistician who made particular contributions to the analysis of data with spatial and temporal patterns. He is also known for his work in the theory of statistical inference and in multivariate analysis.
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Biography
Born Chiswick, London, Bartlett was raised in a poor family but won a scholarship to Latymer Upper School where he was inspired to the study of statistics by a chapter in Hall and Knight's Algebra. In 1929, he won a scholarship to Queens' College, Cambridge where he read mathematics, graduating with the rank of wrangler. He attended lectures on statistics by John Wishart, on relativity by Arthur Eddington and on quantum mechanics by Paul Dirac. In one of his lectures Wishart described his geometric derivation of the Wishart distribution. Overnight Bartlett worked out a proof using characteristic functions. Bartlett was Wishart's first postgraduate student and they wrote two papers together. This was the beginning of Bartlett's involvement with multivariate analysis. During his Queens years, he rowed for the college.
In 1933, Bartlett was recruited by Egon Pearson to the new statistics department at University College, London. Pearson was already working with Jerzy Neyman. Also in the college were Ronald A. Fisher and J. B. S. Haldane. Bartlett was stimulated by all of them, most of all by the work of Fisher, criticising some of it (for example, fiducial inference) while developing other parts (for example conditional inference). Relations between the two men fluctuated; sometimes Bartlett was in Fisher's good books, but often not. In 1934, Bartlett became statistician at the ICI agricultural research station at Jealott's Hill. Not only did he deal with practical problems but he worked on statistical theory, as well as on problems in genetics but he became interested in the characterisation of intelligence. He remembered Jealott's Hill as the best working environment of his career. Bartlett left ICI for the University of Cambridge in 1938 but at the outset of World War II was mobilised into the Ministry of Supply, conducting rocket research alongside Frank Anscombe, David Kendall and Pat Moran.
After the war Bartlett's renewed Cambridge work focused on timeseries analysis and stochastic process. With Jo Moyal he planned a large book on probability, but the collaboration did not work out and Bartlett went ahead and published his own book on stochastic processes. He made a number of visits to the USA. In 1947 he became professor of mathematical statistics at the University of Manchester where he not only developed his interests in epidemiology but also served as an able and active administrator. In 1960, he took up the chair of statistics at University College, London before serving the last eight years of his academic life as professor of biomathematics at the University of Oxford. He retired in 1975.
After his retirement Bartlett remained active in statistics, visiting the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University several times. He had married Sheila, daughter of C. E. Chapman, in 1957, the couple parenting a daughter. Bartlett died in Exmouth, Devon.
Bartlett is known for Bartlett's method for estimating power spectra and Bartlett's test for homoscedasticity.
Honours
 Rayleigh Prize, (1933);
 Guy Medals in Silver (1952) and Gold (1969) of the Royal Statistical Society;
 President of the Manchester Statistical Society, (1959–1960);
 Fellow of the Royal Society, (1961);
 President of the Royal Statistical Society (1966)
 Honorary Member of the International Statistical Institute, (1980);
 Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, (1993);
 D.Sc.s from the University of Chicago (1966) and the University of Hull (1976).
Works
Some papers
 (1933) with John Wishart, The distribution of second order moment statistics in a normal system. Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc. 28, 455–459.
 (1933) On the theory of statistical regression. Proc. Royal Soc. Edinburgh, 53, 260–283.
 (1933) Probability and chance in the theory of statistics. Proc. Royal Soc. London Ser. A 141 518–534.
 (1934) The vector representation of a sample. Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc., 30, 327–340.
 (1936) Statistical information and properties of sufficiency. Proc. Royal Soc. London Ser., A 154, 124–137.
 (1937) Properties of sufficiency and statistical tests. Proc. Royal Soc. London Ser. A, 160, 268–282. (reprinted with an introduction by D. A. S. Fraser S. Kotz & N. L. Johnson (eds) Breakthroughs in Statistics, volume 1. Springer, New York. 1992.)
 (1938) Methods of estimating mental factors. Nature, 141, 609–610.
 (1939) A note on tests of significance in multivariate analysis, in Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
 (1941) The statistical significance of canonical correlation. Biometrika.
 (1947) The use of transformations. Biometrics.
 (1948) Internal and external factor analysis. British Journal of Psychiatry.
 (1949) Fitting a straight line when both variables are subjects to error. Biometrics.
 (1949) The statistical significance of "dispersed hits" in cardguessing experiments. Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research, 48, 336–338.
 (1950) Tests of significance in multivariate analysis. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology.
 (1950) Tests of significance in factor analysis. British Journal of Psychology, 3, 77–85.
Books
 An Introduction to Stochastic Processes, (1955) ISBN 0521041163
 Stochastic Population Models in Ecology and Epidemiology, (1960) ISBN 0416523307
 Essays in Probability and Statistics, (1962) ISBN 0416648800
 Probability, Statistics and Time, (1975) ISBN 0412141507
 The Statistical Analysis of Spatial Pattern, (1976) ISBN 0412142902
 Selected Papers of M. S. Bartlett 3 vols. edited by R.G. Stanton, E.D. Johnson, D.S. Meek. Winnipeg : Charles Babbage Research Centre (1989).
Autobiography
 Ingram Olkin (1989) A Conversation with Maurice Bartlett, Statistical Science, 4, 151–163.
 "Chance and Change" in J. Gani (ed) (1982) The Making of Statisticians, New York: SpringerVerlag.
Several statisticians, including Bartlett, give their life stories.
Obituaries
 Gani, J. (2002). "Professor M. S. Bartlett FRS, 19102002". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society 51 (3): 399–402. doi:10.1111/14679884.00327.
 Armitage, P. (2005). "Bartlett, Maurice Stevenson". Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. doi:10.1002/0470011815.b2a17003. ISBN 047084907X.
 Gani, J. (2002). "Obituary: Maurice Stevenson Bartlett". Journal of Applied Probability 39 (3): 664. doi:10.1239/jap/1034082138.
 Whittle, P. (2004). "Maurice Stevenson Bartlett. 18 June 1910  8 January 2002: Elected F.R.S. 1961". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 50: 15. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2004.0002.
External links
 M. S. Bartlett at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
 ISI Newsletter Note by D. R. Cox
 IMS Bulletin Obituary by Besag & Clifford p. 14
 Royal Society citation
For Bartlett's correspondence with Fisher see
 Statistical Inference and Analysis, Selected Correspondence of R.A. Fisher Edited by J.H. Bennett
 Correspondence of Sir R.A. Fisher: Calendar of Correspondence with M.S. Bartlett
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Academic offices Preceded by
Leonard Henry Caleb TippettPresident of the Royal Statistical Society
1966–1967Succeeded by
Frank YatesGuy Medallists Gold Medallists Charles Booth (1892) · Robert Giffen (1894) · J. Athelstane Baines (1900) · Francis Ysidro Edgeworth (1907) · Patrick G. Craigie (1908) · G. Udny Yule (1911) · T.H.C. Stevenson (1920) · A. William Flux (1930) · A.L. Bowley (1935) · Major Greenwood (1945) · R.A. Fisher (1946) · A. Bradford Hill (1953) · E.S. Pearson (1955) · Frank Yates (1960) · Harold Jeffreys (1962) · Jerzy Neyman (1966) · M.G. Kendall (1968) · M.S. Bartlett (1969) · Harald Cramér (1972) · David Cox (1973) · G.A. Barnard (1975) · Roy Allen (1978) · D.G. Kendall (1981) · Henry Daniels (1984) · Bernard Benjamin (1986) · Robin Plackett (1987) · Peter Armitage (1990) · George E. P. Box (1993) · Peter Whittle (1996) · Michael Healy (1999) · D.V. Lindley (2002) · John Nelder (2005) · James Durbin (2008) · C.R. Rao (2011)
Silver Medallists John Glover (1893) · Augustus Sauerbeck (1894) · A.L. Bowley (1895) · F.J. Atkinson (1897) · C.S. Loch (1899) · Richard Crawford (1900) · Thomas A. Welton (1901) · R.H. Hooker (1902) · Yves Guyot (1903) · D.A. Thomas (1904) · R.H. Rew (1905) · W.H. Shaw (1906) · N.A. Humphreys (1907) · Edward Brabrook (1909) · G.H. Wood (1910) · R. Dudfield (1913) · S. Rowson (1914) · S.J. Chapman (1915) · J. Shield Nicholson (1918) · J.C. Stamp (1919) · A. William Flux (1921) · H.W. Macrosty (1927) · Ethel Newbold (1928) · H.E. Soper (1930) · J.H. Jones (1934) · E.C. Snow (1935) · R.G. Hawtrey (1936) · E.C. Ramsbottom (1938) · L. Isserlis (1939) · H. Leak (1940) · M.G. Kendall (1945) · H. Campion (1950) · F.A.A. Menzler (1951) · M.S. Bartlett (1952) · J.O. Irwin (1953) · L.H.C. Tippett (1954) · D.G. Kendall (1955) · Henry Daniels (1957) · G.A. Barnard (1958) · E.C. Fieller (1960) · D.R. Cox (1961) · P.V. Sukhatme (1962) · George E. P. Box (1964) · C.R. Rao (1965) · Peter Whittle (1966) · D.V. Lindley (1968) · Robin Plackett (1973) · James Durbin (1976) · John Nelder (1977) · Peter Armitage (1978) · Michael Healy (1979) · M. Stone (1980) · John Kingman (1981) · Henry Wynn (1982) · Julian Besag (1983) · J.C. Gittins (1984) · A. Bissell, W. Pridmore (1985) · Richard Peto (1986) · John Copas (1987) · J. Aitchison (1988) · F.P. Kelly (1989) · David Clayton (1990) · R.L. Smith (1991) · Robert Curnow (1992) · A.F.M. Smith (1993) · David Spiegelhalter (1994) · B.W. Silverman (1995) · Stephan Lauritzen (1996) · Peter Diggle (1997) · Harvey Goldstein (1998) · Peter Green (1999) · Walter Gilks (2000) · Philip Dawid (2001) · David Hand (2002) · Kanti Mardia (2003) · Peter Donnelly (2004) · Peter McCullagh (2005) · Michael Titterington (2006) · Howell Tong (2007) · Gareth Roberts (2008) · Sylvia Richardson (2009) · I.M. Johnstone (2010) · P.G. Hall (2011)
Bronze Medallists William Gemmell Cochran (1936) · R.F. George (1938) · W.J. Jennett (1949) · Peter Armitage (1962) · James Durbin (1966) · F. Downton (1967) · Robin Plackett (1968) · M.C. Pike (1969) · P.G. Moore (1970) · D.J. Bartholomew (1971) · G.N. Wilkinson (1974) · A.F. Bissell (1975) · P.L. Goldsmith (1976) · A.F.M. Smith (1977) · Philip Dawid (1978) · T.M.F. Smith (1979) · A.J. Fox (1980) · S.J. Pocock (1982) · Peter McCullagh (1983) · Bernard Silverman (1984) · David Spiegelhalter (1985) · D.F. Hendry (1986) · Peter Green (1987) · S.C. Darby (1988) · S.M. Gore (1989) · Valerie Isham (1990) · M.G. Kenward (1991) · C. Jennison (1992) · J.A. Tawn (1993) · R.F.A. Poultney (1994) · I. Johnstone (1995) · J.N.S. Matthews (1996) · Gareth Roberts (1997) · D. Firth (1998) · P.W.F. Smith, J. Forster (1999) · J. Wakefield (2000) · Guy Nason (2001) · Geert Molenberghs (2002) · Peter Lynn (2003) · Nicola Best (2004) · Steve Brooks (2005) · Matthew Stephens (2006) · Paul Fearnhead (2007) · Fiona Steele (2008) · Chris Holmes (2009) · O. Papaspiliopoulos (2010) · N. Meinshausen (2011)
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