Karl Pearson lived here

Karl Pearson lived here

Controversial statistician Karl Pearson lived here.

Location: 7 Well Road, Hampstead

Description: Math Statistician Karl Pearson (1857-1936) established the field of modern statistics, emerging from his extensive work in mathematical biology or biometry.

Pearson was also an early proponent of eugenics the selective breeding of people to 'improve' a population now making him extremely controversial.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1896 for his contributions to statistics and evolutionary theory.

In 1911 he founded the world's first university statistics department at University College London.

He was awarded the Darwin medal in 1898, and as a socialist he refused the offer of an OBE in 1920, and then a knighthood in 1935.

Pearson moved here with his wife and young daughter Sigrid in 1892, and it was the birthplace of Pearson's son, Egon (18951980), also an eminent statistician. He subsequently lived here until his death.

Egon wrote in the 1936 biography of his father Pearson had moved from the Temple to Christchurch Cottage, Hampstead, some little time before his marriage [to Maria Sharpe in 1890]. This small but attractive house stands by the church of that name not far from the Heath. With an increasing family, the Pearsons moved to a larger house nearby, No. 7, Well Road in 1892.

In 2020, following an inquiry into UCLs historical links with the eugenics movement, the names of Galton and Pearson were removed from two lecture theatres and a building at the university.

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Karl Pearson lived here

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