Statistics as a discipline at Cornell has a complex history. Even today, visitors and job applicants find the distributed model, with several groups of statisticians distributed in various departments, colleges, and buildings across campus, quite confusing. This document initially focuses on one of these groups founded as a unit within the Department of Plant Breeding, in the College of Agriculture, in 1947. 1 Key figures that influenced the discipline in other Cornell statistics groups are discussed later, and we conclude with an overview of the recently formed
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