- Leonard Henry Caleb Tippett
Leonard Henry Caleb Tippett (1902 - 1985), physicist and statistician, born in London. Tippett graduated in physics in the early 1920s at
Imperial College. He studied for his MSc in statistics under Professor Karl Pearsonat the Galton Laboratory, University College Londonand R. A. Fisherat Rothamsted. He spent his entire career, 1925 to 1965, on the staff of the Shirley Institute, Manchesterbecoming in 1952 one of the first Assistant Directors. Pioneered with R.A. Fisherand Emil Gumbelthe extreme value theory. The Fisher-Tippett distributionis named after his achievements.
At the Shirley Institute he applied statistics to the problem of yarn breakage rates in weaving. In the late 1920s and 1930s he became known for his 'snap-reading' method of observation which lead to improved production efficiency and operative utilization. As a result of his work in the textile industry he was awarded the
Shewart Medalof the American Society for Quality Control.
In 1965 he retired to
St. Austelland in this period became an UNIDOconsultant being active in India
He died in 1985 after being hit by a van whilst walking from his home to the
St. Austell Choral Societyto sing in the St. Matthew Passion.
Warner Medalof the Textile Institute
Guy Medalin Silver of the Royal Statistical Society
*President of the
Manchester Statistical Society
*President of the
Royal Statistical Society, 1965
*"Random Sampling Numbers", CUP, London, 1927
*"Methods of Statistics", Williams & Norgate Ltd., London, 1931, 1948, 1952
*"Statistical Methods for Textile Technologists", by T. Murphy, K. P. Norris, L. H. C. Tippett, Textile Institute, Manchester, 1960, 1963, 1973, 1979
*"A Portrait of the Lancashire Textile Industry", OUP, London 1969
* H. E. Daniels, A Tribute to L.H.C. Tippett, "
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A (General)", Vol. 145, No. 2 (1986), pp. 261-262.
* J. E. Ford, L.H.C. Tippett, 1902-1985, "
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A (General)", Vol. 149, No. 1 (1986), p. 44. (obituary)
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