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Bruno de Finetti

Born: 13-Jun-1906
Birthplace: Innsbruck, Austria
Died: 20-Jul-1985
Location of death: Rome, Italy
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician

Nationality: Italy
Executive summary: Subjective probability

Italian statistician Bruno de Finetti contributed to the theory and foundations of subjective probability, and advanced the application of mathematics to actuarial questions and to bureaucratic organizational techniques. He also pioneered the concepts of “exchangeability” or “exchangeable events", and developed de Finetti's theorem on exchangeable sequences of random variables. After college but before beginning his academic career, he worked for several years in the actuarial department of an insurance company, where he developed some of the earliest mechanized actuarial methods.

Wife: (one daughter)

    University: Politecnico di Milano (attended, 1923-25)
    University: BS Applied Mathematics, University of Milan (1927)
    Scholar: Italian Central Statistical Institute, Rome, Italy (1927-31)
    Teacher: University of Trieste (1927-30, 1939-50)
    Teacher: University of Padua (1930-33)
    Professor: University of Trieste (1950-54)
    Professor: University of Rome (1954-76)

    Accademia dei Lincei
    Institute of Mathematical Statistics
    International Statistical Institute
    Austrian Ancestry
    Italian Ancestry

Author of books:
Teoria della Probabilità (Theory of Probability) (1970)
Probability, Induction and Statistics: The Art of Guessing (1972)


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