ERIC Number: ED282900
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Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Helen M. Walker: Influential in 1929 and Still Cited Today.
Rice, Marti H.; Stallings, William M.
Helen M. Walker contributed to the field of educational research and statistics during a 55-year career. Born in Iowa in 1891, Walker earned a bachelor's degree from Iowa Wesleyan College and taught high school mathematics for nine years. She then taught at the University of Kansas while doing graduate work. One source noted that she was the first woman in the United States to teach statistics. She received her Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and also studied at the University of London. She taught statistics at Teachers College for many years, and was a full professor from 1940 to 1957. She also taught in a number of other colleges in the United States and in Mexico, Chile, and Japan. Walker was president of the American Statistical Association and a member of several other professional organizations. Notable publications include: (1) her dissertation, Studies in the History of Statistical Method (1929); (2) Mathematics Essential for Elementary Statistics (with W. N. Dorost, 1934); and (3) Statistical Inference (with J. Len, 1953). She retired from teaching in 1970 and died in 1983. (GDC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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