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Box, G. E. (2013). An Accidental Statistician: The Life and Memories of George E. P. Box. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Mosteller, F. (2010). The Pleasures of Statistics. (S. E. Fienberg, D. C. Hoaglin, & J. M. Tanur, Eds.) New York, NY: Springer.


Bellhouse, D.R. (2011). Abraham de Moivre: Setting the stage for classical probability and its applications. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Box, J. F. (1978). R.A. Fisher: The Life of a Scientist. Wiley.

Golbeck, A. L. (2017). Equivalence: Elizabeth L. Scott at Berkeley. Boca Raton, FL: Chapman & Hall / CRC.

Pearson, E., & R.L. Plackett. (1990). Student: A Statistical Biography of William Sealy Gosset. Clarendon Press.

Porter, T. M. (2006). Karl Pearson: The Scientific Life in a Statistical Age. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Reid, C. (1982). Neyman: From Life. New York, NY: Springer.

Thomas, D.O. (1977). The honest mind: The thought and work of Richard Price. Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press.

Portrait biographies:

Heyde, C., Crepel, P., Fienberg, S., Seneta, E., & Gani, J. (Eds.). (2001). Statisticians of the Centuries. New York: Springer.

Johnson, N. L., & Kotz, S. (Eds.). (1997). Leading Personalities in Statistical Sciences: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Lehmann, E. L. (2007). Reminiscences of a Statistician: The Company I Kept. New York: Springer.


Topical histories:

David, H. A.F. and A.W.F. Edwards (2001).  Annotated Readings in the History of Statistics, New York: Springer

David, F.N. (1962). Games, Gods and Gambling. The origins and history of probability and statistical ideas from the earliest times to the Newtonian era. London, UK:  Charles Griffin.

Goldberg, J. P. (1985). The First Hundred Years of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, University of California Libraries (

Hald, A. (1990). A History of Probability and Statistics and Their Applications before 1750. New York, NY: Wiley.

Hald, A. (1998). A History of Mathematical Statistics from 1750 to 1930. New York, NY: Wiley.

Hald, A. (2007).   A History of Parametric Statistical Inference from Bernoulli to Fisher, 1713–1935. New York, NY: Springer.

John, V. (1884). Geschichte der Statistik. Erster Teil: Von dem Ursprung der Statistik bis auf Quetelet. Stuttgart: Enke Verlag.
[in German; title translates to History of statistics. First part: From the beginnings of statistics to Quetelet; no second part was published; focuses on the non-mathematical roots of statistics]

Kendall, M.G. & Plackett, R.L. (Eds) (1977). Studies in the History of Statistics and Probability, Volume II. London, UK: Griffin.

Lehmann, E.L. (2011). Fisher, Neyman, and the Creation of Classical Statistics. New York, NY: Springer .

MacKenzie, D.A..(1981). Statistics in Britain, 1865-1930: The Social Construction of Scientific Knowledge. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press.

Nagaraja, C. H., (2019). Measuring Society,  Boca Raton, FL: Chapman & Hall / CRC

Pearson, E.S. & Kendall, M.G. (Eds.) (1970). Studies in the History of Statistics and Probability, Volume I. London, UK: Griffin.

Pearson, K. (1978). The History of Statistics in the 17th and 18th Centuries Against the Changing Background of Intellectual, Scientific and Religious Thought. (ed. Pearson, E.S.) London, UK: Charles Griffin.

Porter, T.M. (1986). The Rise of Statistical Thinking 1820-1900. Princeton NJ, Princeton University Press.

Stigler, S.M. (1986). The History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty before 1900. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Stigler, S. (1999). Statistics on the Table: The History of Statistical Concepts and Methods. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Stigler, S. M. (2016). The Seven Pillars of Statistical Wisdom, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press

Todhunter, I. (1865). A History of the Mathematical Theory of Probability from the Time of Pascal to that of Laplace. London, UK: Macmillan.

Weisberg, H.I. (2014). Willful Ignorance. The Mismeasure of Uncertainty. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Other books containing history:

Mayo, D. (2018). Statistical inference as severe testing: How to get beyond the statistics wars. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.