Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Qu├ętelet, Lambert Adolphe Jacques:

French astronomer, mathematician. Student of Laplace, director of the Royal Observatory at Brussels, 1828-74. Applied statistical methods to measurements of humans in 1856, using inductees and census data, obtaining bell-shaped curves, and noted the random distribution of values around central tendencies. Also wrote an encapsulation of the ideas of Malthus, which was read by C. Darwin, among others.

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