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12 Jan
On this day in 1917, Stella Cunliffe was born. She became the first female President of the @RoyalStatSoc in 1975 and during her life was associated with many famous institutions including the British Girl Guides, the Guinness Brewery and the Home Office. 1/9
Born in Surrey, she was the first person from her school to go onto University, gaining a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1938. 2/9
Her statistical career began in 1939, when she joined the Danish Bacon company, working on food allocations. During the war she was in charge of rationing in London. The bacon ration was 3 or 4 rashers per person per week. 3/9
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12 May 20
Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and throughout the day we will be posting a thread about her influence on the world of statistics. #Nightingale2020
She is credited with developing a form of the pie chart now known as the polar area diagram, also known as the Nightingale Rose, which made multiple comparisons on one diagram possible.
Nightingale's most famous two graphics included an illustration of what she called the "loss of an army" in Crimea, as well a comprehensive statistical study of sanitation in Indian rural life. #Nightingale2020 #FlorenceNightingale
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