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William Farr


Statistician and epidemiologist. Studied medicine in Shrewsbury, Paris, and London. Worked as a medical practitioner, public lecturer, and medical journalist in London from 1833. Worked for the General Register Office from 1837, from 1839 as compiler of abstracts; superintendent of the Statistical Department, 1842–80. From the mid-1850s to the mid-1860s, worked closely with Florence Nightingale on hospital and army sanitary reform. FRS 1855.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.