The 1936 Fisher Seminars on Experimental Design at the Appalachian Forest Experiment Station


This publication documents a visit by the renowned English biometrician, Dr. Ronald A. Fisher, to the Appalachian Forest Experiment Station headquarters in August 1936, to present a series of seminars on study design to principal forest researchers from all Forest Service experiment stations and several universities. The seminars were arranged by the Washington Office of the Forest Service as training for scientists to increase the quality of agency research by using study designs and data analysis methods recently developed by Fisher and others. The photograph shows the group of seminar participants standing on the north-entrance steps of the main post office and federal courts building in Asheville, NC, where the Appalachian Station offices were located.

  • Citation: McNab, W Henry. 2022. The 1936 Fisher Seminars on Experimental Design at the Appalachian Forest Experiment Station. Journal of Forestry. 120(4): 476-478.
  • Keywords: Ronald Fisher, seminars, experimental design, analysis of variance, Appalachian Forest Experiment Station, Asheville NC, Hepting, Haig, Forsling, Fisher, Schumacher, Hasel, Coile, Keen, Harper, Gevorkiantz, Chapman, Lexan, Buell, Meyer, MacKinney, Frothingham, Price, Davis, Sims, Osborne, Day, Blythe, Roberts, Chaiken, Wilford, Barrett, Hursh, DeLashmot, Johnson, Reineke, Schnur, Connaughton, Bickford,
  • Posted Date: August 22, 2022
  • Modified Date: September 29, 2022
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