Two. Army Life

  1. George E. P. Box

Published Online: 25 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118514948.ch2

An Accidental Statistician: The Life and Memories of George E.P.Box

An Accidental Statistician: The Life and Memories of George E.P.Box

How to Cite

Box, G. E. P. (2013) Army Life, in An Accidental Statistician: The Life and Memories of George E.P.Box, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118514948.ch2

Author Information

  1. Department of Statistics, University of Madison—Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118400883

Online ISBN: 9781118514948

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Keywords:

  • army life;
  • George E.P. Box;
  • Porton Down;
  • statistics

Summary

This chapter talks about the author's experience as an army life. Someone in the Army found out that he had a background in chemistry, and he received orders to report to the Chemical Defence Experimental Station at Porton Down. Here, George E.P. Box illustrates the power of experimental design by show a simple experimental arrangement that they used in the lab to find the best treatment for mustard gas blisters on soldier-volunteers. It took him 18 months to get his undergraduate degree in statistics with first-class honors. He spent the rest of the three years for which he was supported doing graduate work. His Ph.D. thesis is titled, “A General Distribution Theory for a Class of Likelihood Criteria”.