Biography of Karl Pearson

Document Type:Essay

Subject Area:Mathematics

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Karl was the second of their three children with an older brother and a younger sister. In 1890, he married Maria Sharpe and they had three kids; Egon, Sigrid and Helga. After Maria’s death in 1928, Karl married his co-worker Victoria Child Margaret. Education He was educated at home till the age of nine when he was sent to a college school in London. At University College School in London, Karl studied till the age of sixteen when he was taken ill and he discontinued his studies due to persistent illness. He turned statistics as his own scientific mission after he was captivated by the effects of natural selection brought to him by his colleague Walter F. R. Weldon. Pearson was intensely devoted to evolution and development of mathematical theory and through this he became an advocate for Eugenics.

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