Born in Ireland, I did not attend school but was educated by private tutors before becoming a student at Trinity College (Dublin) and Balliol College (Oxford) where I focused on ancient and modern languages.
My first job was teaching Greek at Bedford College. where I taught myself enough mathematics and economics to write the text Mathematical Psychics: An Essay on the Application of Mathematics to the Moral Sciences, a text which earned me a wide reputation as a pioneer in mathematical economics.
With this new fame and interests, I switched teaching positions to eventually become Chair of Political Economy at All Souls College in Oxford.
My name is usually associated with a series expansion of the probability distribution of a sum of random variables....a series that was used to refute the assumed-true "Principle of the Arithmetic Mean."
My books and papers were considered very difficult to read, as I would include passages in other languages and other verbose, cryptic diversions...causing my friend William Stanley Jevons to utter: "His style, if not obscure, is implicit, so that the reader is left to puzzle out every important sentence like an enigma."
A leader in the development of neo-classical economics, via my application of formal mathematical techniques to individual decision making in economics, I was the founding Editor of The Economic Journal...which I helped edit for 35 years until my death.
Francis Ysidro Edgeworth (1845 – 1926)