Anthony William Fairbank
Edwards (born 1935) is a British statistician, geneticist, and evolutionary biologist.
He is a
Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and retired Professor of Biometry at the University of
Cambridge, and holds both the ScD and LittD degrees. A
pupil of
R.A. Fisher, he has written several books and
numerous scientific papers. He is best known for his pioneering
work, with
L.L. Cavalli-Sforza, on quantitative
methods of
phylogenetic analysis, and
for strongly advocating Fisher's concept of
likelihood as the proper basis for
statistical and scientific
inference. He has also written extensively on the history of
genetics and statistics, including an analysis of whether
Mendel's results were "too good", and also on
purely mathematical subjects, such as
Venn
diagrams. His elder brother
John
H. Edwards (1928–2007) was a
geneticist.
He is also known for his involvement in gliding, particularly
within the Cambridge University Gliding Club and for his writing on
the subject in Sailplane and Gliding magazine as "the armchair
pilot".
6-set Edwards-Venn diagram
Publications
Books
- Edwards, A.W.F. 1972. Likelihood. Cambridge University
Press, Cambridge (expanded edition, 1992, Johns Hopkins University
Press, Baltimore). ISBN 0-8018-4443-6
- Edwards, A.W.F. 1977. Foundations of Mathematical
Genetics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2nd ed.,
2000). ISBN 0-521-77544-2
- Edwards, A.W.F. 1987. Pascal's Arithmetical Triangle: The
Story of a Mathematical Idea. Charles Griffin, London
(paperback edition, 2002, Johns Hopkins University Press,
Baltimore). ISBN 0-8018-6946-3
- David, H.A. and A.W.F. Edwards. 2001. Annotated Readings in
the History of Statistics. Springer, New York. ISBN
0-387-98844-0
- Edwards, A.W.F. 2004. Cogwheels of the Mind: The Story of
Venn Diagrams. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. ISBN
0-8018-7434-3
Selected papers
- Cavalli-Sforza, L.L. and A.W.F. Edwards. 1964. Analysis of
human evolution. Genetics Today 3:923–933.
- Edwards, A.W.F, and L.L. Cavalli-Sforza. 1964. Reconstruction
of evolutionary trees. pp. 67–76 in Phenetic and Phylogenetic
Classification, ed. V. H. Heywood and J. McNeill. Systematics
Association pub. no. 6, London.
- Cavalli-Sforza, L.L. and A.W.F. Edwards. 1967. Phylogenetic
analysis: models and estimation procedures. American Journal of
Human Genetics 19:233–257.
- Edwards, A.W.F. 1969. Statistical methods in scientific
inference. Nature 222:1233–1237.
- Edwards, A.W.F. 1974. The history of likelihood.
International Statistical Review 42:9–15.
- Edwards, A.W.F. 1986. Are Mendel's results really too close?
Biological Reviews 61:295–312.
- Edwards, A.W.F. 1996. The origin and early development of the
method of minimum evolution for the reconstruction of phylogenetic
trees. Systematic Biology 45:79–91.
- Edwards, A.W.F. 2000. The Genetical Theory of Natural
Selection. Genetics 154:1419–1426.
See also
References
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