Frank Yates, 12 May 1902 - 17 June 1994

  title={Frank Yates, 12 May 1902 - 17 June 1994},
  author={David J. Finney},
  journal={Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  pages={554 - 573}
  • D. J. Finney
  • Published 1 November 1995
  • History
  • Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society
Frank Yates, one of the greatest statistical scientists of his generation, was born on 12 May 1902, the only son of Percy and Edith Yates of Didsbury, Manchester. He had four younger sisters, two of whom, Dr Edna Oakeshott and Mrs Olive Canton, survive him. Percy Yates was educated at Manchester Grammar School, but, partly for health reasons, left when only 16. He eventually became junior partner in the family seed merchant business in Shudehill, Manchester. The firm, founded in 1826 as a… 
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