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ABOUT WILLIAM "STUDENT" SEALY GOSSET ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP


William Sealy Gosset
William "Student" Sealy Gosset Endowed Professorship in the School of Public Health's Department of Biostatistics is made possible in part by a gift from Pfizer, Inc. It honors the many contributions by the school's faculty to improved statistical methods in leading-edge research projects for public health, medicine, nutrition and many other fields.

UAB's Department of Biostatistics is a world leader in the field of statistical genetics, understanding the causes of the excess stroke mortality, clinical-trial design and many other areas of statistical analysis.

The endowed professorship is named for William Sealy Gosset, a 20th Century British statistician who, for proprietary reasons, wrote academic manuscripts under the pen name "Student." Gossett's most famous article, "The Probable Error of a Mean," was published in 1908 and led to what is now called the 't distribution,' a fundamental calculation in small-sample statistics.

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