The son of a farmer in France, my family was too poor to send me to a uni versity....so I ended up at a seminary in Limoges.
However, I soon quit the seminary and attended a lycée because my religious studies did not include a chemistry course.
Getting a position teaching mathematics, I joined an underground group during WWII and went into hiding until the end of the war.
Eventually, I graduated from the University of Paris with a Licence es Sciences and began work at a hydroelectric utility while also attending a weekly seminar in statistics.
Jumping at the one-year offer to be an instructor at the UC- Berkeley, I earned my Ph.D. there, met my wife there, and spent the rest of my career there as a math professor.
People kindly suggest that I was the major leader in the development of abstract general asymptotic theory in mathematical statistics.
I am best known for developing the general concepts of local asymptotic normality and contiguity, plus developing a metric theory of statistical experiments.
Lucien Marie Le Cam (1924 – 2000)