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Kempthorne, Oscar

  1. Herbert A. David1,
  2. Edward Pollak2

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470011815.b2a17082

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

Encyclopedia of Biostatistics

How to Cite

David, H. A. and Pollak, E. 2005. Kempthorne, Oscar. Encyclopedia of Biostatistics. 4.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Iowa State University, Iowa City, IA, USA

  2. 2

    Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


Oscar Kempthorne (1919–2000) made important contributions to statistics, especially inference and experimental design, and to statistical genetics. He was born and educated in England, but worked at Ames, Iowa, from 1947 to 1989.


  • statistical genetics;
  • experimental design;
  • randomization theory;
  • diallel crosses;
  • covariance;
  • natural selection;
  • inference;
  • Ames