In Poland, my early service as an alter-boy led me to become an agnostic and impacted my full life.
I began my advanced study of mathematics at Kharkov University, but when this study was interrupted by war...I was not able to finish my degree until enrolling at the University of Warsaw in a program of POW repatriation after the Polish-Soviet War.
Eventually, I moved from Poland to England to the U.S., where I founded the premier statistics program at Berkeley.
My primary contribution was the development of a theory of statistical inference that could be applied in agriculture, astronomy, biology, medicine, and meterology.
Working with my colleague Egon Pearson, we developed the method of confidence intervals, hypothesis significance testing, and Type I/II errors.
Jerzy Neyman (1894-1981)