Thomas Bayes (1702-1761)
T. Bayes. An Essay Towards Solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Soc. of London, 53, pp.370-418, 1763.
The Tomb of Thomas Bayes
From owner-bayes-news at stat.cmu.edu Sat May 11 03:05:09 1996 From: Professor A O'Hagan Date: Fri, 10 May 96 17:28:30 BST To: allstat at mailbase.ac.uk, bayes-news at stat.cmu.edu Subject: Bayes and Bunhill FieldsAll good Bayesians know that the tomb of Thomas Bayes is in Bunhill Fields in London, near the new RSS premises. I visited there yesterday, as I often do to pay homage :-) For the first time in years I found the attendant's hut occupied, and I was able to buy a copy of "The Official Guide to Bunhill Fields". Many years ago there was a flimsy leaflet which did not mention Bayes, and around 1987 when I arranged for the tomb to be cleaned I had some correspondence with the Corporation of London (who are responsible for Bunhill Fields) about Bayes. They promised to show his tomb on the big display map in Bunhill Fields itself, which they have done - the tomb has been clearly marked in this way for several years now. They also promised that some information about him would be included when they next printed the leaflet. At last I have got a copy of the smart new booklet, printed in 1991.
It is a very nice piece of work, most informative and interesting, and Bayes gets a good mention. I can recommend it to any "fellow travellers". But don't wait to catch the attendant - like me you could wait years. Here is the information about the booklet, so you can get it through a bookseller.
The Official Guide to Bunhill Fields, published by the Corporation of London, 1991. ISBN 0-85203-033-9. I paid (pounds) 1.50 for it.
You can probably also get it from either
The Printing and Stationery Departmentor perhaps
Bunhill Fields, off City Rd. -- "primarily a dissenters' burial ground (it was never consecrated)" -- Paul Lay, The Independent, Reviews, p.31, 30 July 2004.
On Portraits of Thomas Bayes
This from [the NASA Ames Bayes group] web page:
Press, S. James.
Bayesian Statistics: Principles, Models, and Applications.
John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1989.
I have looked thru the book, which has several historical references, but I was unable to determine exactly which of the books cited was the source of the likeness of Rev. Bayes.
- Will Taylor