Good, Irving John.

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Irving John Good (December 9, 1916-April 5, 2009) was an Emeritus University Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Educated at Cambridge University (Ph.D., mathematics, 1941; Sc.D., 1963) and Oxford University (D.Sc., 1964), Good went on to work with Alan Turing breaking German naval ciphers from 1941-1943. Following World War II, Good taught at Manchester University and Oxford University until 1967 when he moved to the United States. From 1967 until his retirement in 1994, Good taught at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He became a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and a distinguished member of the Crypto-Mathematics Institute as well as the author of  The Scientist Speculates: An Anthology of Partly-Baked Ideas and Good Thinking: The Foundations of Probability and Its Applications .

From the guide to the Irving J. Good Papers, 1925-1992, (Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.)

Epithet: mathematician and statistician

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creatorOf Articles, papers, and reports by I. J. Good, 1956-1989 British Library
creatorOf Irving J. Good Papers, 1925-1992 Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
referencedIn McCorduck, Pamela, 1940-. The Pamela McCorduck collection, 1972-1979. Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library
creatorOf Good, Irving John. Collected works, 1947-, / I.J. Good. Virginia Tech
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
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associatedWith McCorduck, Pamela, 1940- person
correspondedWith Provine, William B. person
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Artificial intelligence
Bayesian statistical decision theory
Science and technology
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Birth 1916-12-09

Death 2009-04-05






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