George Kingsley Zipf

American statistician

George Kingsley Zipf (1902–1950) was an American scientist in the fields of linguistics, philology, mathematics and statistics. He came up with a law of word frequency in languages which bears his name.

George Kingsley Zipf
George Kingsley Zipf 1917.jpg
1917 photograph from the 1919 Annual of the Freeport High School, Freeport, Illinois
Born(1902-01-07)January 7, 1902
DiedSeptember 25, 1950(1950-09-25) (aged 48)
Alma materHarvard College
Known forZipf's law
Scientific career
FieldsStatistics, linguistics