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Herbert Edward Soper (1865-1930) Biographical Details

- Pictures on right A] Obituary Sat, 13 Sept 1930. B] 2nd obituary on Monday 15 Sept & C] Obituary 1931

- Born 6 Sept 1865 to Francis Lesiter Soper & Mary Ann Blackwell of Oxford, who married 1855; see family biog

- 1861 census, (before his birth) family at Churchfield Classical & Commercial Boarding School, St John the Baptist parish, Margate, Kent : Francis L Soper 42 a schoolmaster b.London : wife Mary Ann Soper 30 b.Oxford : 2 children Mary Jane Soper 3 & Arthur L Soper 1 both b.Margate, Kent : also 2 teachers, 4 servants & 27 boys 9-16, mostly b.London : source & source

- His family in 1871 census, at 146 Adeline Road, St John Parish, Hampstead, London : Francis Lester Soper 52 b.Spitalfields, a publisher : wife Mary A Soper abt 1831, Oxfordshire : 8 children Mary J Soper 13 : Arthur Lewis Soper 11 : Florence Soper 9 all 3 b.Margate, Kent : Annie S Soper 7 : Herbert E Soper 5 : Percy W Soper 3 : Reginald G Soper 3 : Frederick W Soper 1 all b.Hampstead, Middlesex : also 2 domestic servants Elizabeth Wartham 20 b.Shroton, Dorset & Ellen Woodward 19 b.Bow, Middlesex

- Schools; at Highgate (1 term) & St Paul's London

- His family in 1881 census at Cholmeley Villa, 7 Archway Rd, Hornsey, London, : Francis L. (62) a book publisher b.Spitalfields & wife Mary A. (50) b.Oxford : Mary J. (23u) : Arthur L. (21u) : Florence (19u) all b.Margate, Kent : Annie S. (17) : Herbert E. (15) : Frederick R. (11) all b.Hampstead, with niece, Lilly L Blackwell (14) b.Australia & servant Mary A Bates (24)

- H E Soper, 'had a theory of his own on the ....; debate p.232 & (minor scholarship, Mathemematics) p.277 (Trinity p.305) & rowed nr 4 in club race between Chiswick & Hammersmith : from 'The Pauline' St Paul's School, London : pub.1882 Google Books snippet

- Exam 29 Jun 1885

- Studied mathematics, Trinity College, Cambridge : BA (15th Wrangler) 1887

- H.E.Soper of Trinity College, won the annual Men's Cross Country Varsity Match, 12km in 44 minutes, scoring 26-29, 3 Dec 1887 : source & source

- of Trinity, was 1 of 4 hares in inter-vasity Hare & Hounds Championship

- Went abroad for some years

- Did research in statistical mathematics, University College & City & Guilds College, with Prof Pearson

- 1890-2 at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, under Prof Greenwood

- Work for the Royal Statistical Society into periodicity in diseases. Work on measles epidemics : 'Soper's Epidemic Curve'

- 1891 census Francis L 72, a book publisher, at 7 Cholmely Villas, Hornsey, Lon; b.Spittlefields, Lon: Mary Ann 61 b.Oxford : 6 unm children Mary J 35 a professor of music; Florence 29 artist painter, both b.Margate; Minnie Sophia 29 school mistress?; Herbert E 25 teacher of mathematics; Frederick W 21 book publisher's assistant all b.Holloway also gen dom serv Annie W Helling 24; scan : (Herbert not vis 1901 census) : [son Arthur 31 also at Hornsey with wife Annie 27 & Violet A 8m] : [Herbert not in 1901 census]

- Two more years, post graduate : MA Cambridge 27 April 1893 : from The Times 28 Apr 146/211p 106/211p

- Assistant Master, Weymouth College : at University College, London

- Moved to Cheltenham 1893, Engineer at Cheltenham electric light works : Worked for Borough of Cheltenham for 10 years

- H E Soper President of The Old Skinners' Society, for the year of 1898. It was founded in 1890 by the Old Boys of The Skinners' School, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent source

- 'of Cheltenham' in chess competition 1899

- 1901 census Herbert E Soper 35unm electrical engineer at 4 & 5, Pittville Blenheim Parade, Cheltenham, Glos; b.Hampstead, Lon; boarding with Harriett L Ancill 44unm boarding house proprietor b.India & 4 other unm boarders & 2 housemaids; scan

- Played 8 rounds of golf at Cleeve Hill 18 hole course, in one day, 1904

- Went to India 1904. supervised building a power station & tramway system in Cawnpore, India ancestry.com

- Returned to England 1907

- H E Soper (c1866-?) in his 46th year came 2nd in a 3 mile race at University of London Athletic Union : from The Times 31 May 1911 58/85f

- Chiefly remembered for writing a little book 'Frequency Arrays'

- H E Soper an article Biometrika 1913, 'On the Peobable Error of the Correlation Coefficient to a second Approximation'source : another in Biometrika 1914 source

- The term 'Poisson's Distribution' first appears in 1914 in the title "Tables of Poisson's Exponential Limit" by Herbert Edward Soper in Biometrika, 10, 25-35 (David, 1995). source. He coined the name 'Law of large numbers'.

- Connection to an H E Soper?, Private..., Middlesex Regiment, won a service medal (issued to all servicemen) 1914-1920 : nrGS/8426 from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk [however, probably the 2nd Herbert E Soper b.Chiswick abt 1887]

- Herbert Edward Soper a student or past assistant of Karl Pearson of The Biometric & Eugenics Laboratories, left early in the war to do work on electrical apparatus for war purposes source

- Hon treasurer of Cambridge University Hare & Hounds : at the track when over 50 : Did statistical work on athletic performances

- H E Soper's, manuscripts and working papers of 1919-1924 held at University College, London : Probably another Herbert E Soper born abt 1887, Chiswick

- Herbert Edward Soper esq, executor of [brother] Frederick Richard d.23 Aug 1919, [age 49] of 8 Causton Rd, Highgate, London; died last seen alive & found drowned 23 Aug at Westcliff on Sea, Essex; probate London 28 Oct; estate £7,257 5s 5d ; from Probate Calender, scan

- Herbert E Soper (UK) received a US patent for subject based optical coincidence system for use in statistical recording 1920 source

- Herbert Edward Soper wrote or published; Frequency Arrays, illustrating logical symbol use in the study of statistical and other distributions : 48 pages 1922 British Library

- Joined Brownlee’s department at the National Institute of Medical Research in 1923 source

- Herbert Edward Soper esq, executor of [brother] Arthur Lewis Soper who d.5 Jun 1923 [age 63], of 101 Gunterstone Rd, Barons Court, M.sx; probate London 5 Jun 1923 to Elsie Soper, spinster [what relation?] & Herbert Edward Soper, esq; estate £6,527 9s 5d, scan

- Moved to London School of Heath & Tropical Medicine with the MRC Statistical Department

- One of the first publications about this type of virus modeling was by H E Soper, 1929, in an article titled "The Interpretation of Periodicity & Disease Prevalence"

- HE Soper, JR Stat. Soc. Ser. A 92, 34 (1929)

- H E Soper, awarded the Guy Silver Medal for 1930, by the Royal Statistical Society. A medal awarded to a Fellow, in respect of a paper of special merit communicated to the Society at its ordinary meetings. from www.rss.org.uk

- Died 10 Sept 1930, aged 65, 'a shy, diffident man, won the affection of those who worked with him'

- Obituary from Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Page 135 to 141 : Vol 94 : No 1 (1831) : Page 135 above [his father described 'of strong character', perhaps contrasting with description of his mild son]

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