Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Fisher, Ronald Aylmer

British statistician and geneticist. In 1930, with Haldane and Wright, demonstrated that Mendelism was compatible with Darwinism, a modern synthesis that came to be known as neo-Darwinism. Fisher was also instrumental in establishing the modern concept of dominance and developed the ANOVA technique, as well as certain refinements of the t-test. He was also interested in the mechanisms of natural selection and sexual selection; for the latter he proposed the runaway sexual selection hypothesis. Winner of the Royal Society’s Darwin Medal (1938) and Copley Medal (1955). Author of The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection (1930).

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