William Kruskal

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William Henry Kruskal was an American
United States
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 mathematician
Mathematician
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 and statistician
Statistician
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. He is best known for having formulated the Kruskal–Wallis one-way analysis of variance (together with W. Allen Wallis), a widely-used nonparametric statistical method
Non-parametric statistics
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Kruskal was born in New York City
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 to a successful fur wholesaler. His mother, Lillian Rose Vorhaus Kruskal Oppenheimer, became a noted promoter of Origami
Origami
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 during the early era of television. He was the oldest of five children, three of whom, including himself, became researchers in mathematics and physics; see Joseph Kruskal
Joseph Kruskal
Joseph Bernard Kruskal, Jr. was an American mathematician, statistician, computer scientist and psychometrician. He was a student at the University of Chicago and at Princeton University, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1954, nominally under Albert W...

 and Martin Kruskal
Martin Kruskal
Martin David Kruskal was an American mathematician and physicist. He made fundamental contributions in many areas of mathematics and science, ranging from plasma physics to general relativity and from nonlinear analysis to asymptotic analysis...

. Kruskal left Antioch College
Antioch College
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 to attend Harvard University
Harvard University
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, receiving Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics in 1940 and 1941. He pursued a Ph. D. in Mathematical Sciences
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 at Columbia University
Columbia University
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, graduating in 1955.

During the Second World War
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, Kruskal served at the U.S. Naval Proving Ground
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 in Dahlgren, Virginia
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. After brief stints working for his father and lecturing at Columbia, he joined the University of Chicago
University of Chicago
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 faculty as an instructor in statistics in 1950. He edited the Annals of Mathematical Statistics
Annals of Mathematical Statistics
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 from 1958 to 1961, served as president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics
Institute of Mathematical Statistics
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 in 1971, and of the American Statistical Association
American Statistical Association
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 in 1982. Kruskal retired as Professor Emeritus in 1990. He died in Chicago
Chicago
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.

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