Sidney Siegel

Sidney Siegel (4 January 1916 in New York City – 29 November 1961) was an American psychologist who became especially well known for his work in popularising non-parametric statistics for use in the behavioural sciences. He was a co-developer of the statistical test known as the Siegel–Tukey test.

Siegel completed a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1953 at Stanford University. Except for a year spent at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, he thereafter taught at Pennsylvania State University, until his death in November 1961 of a coronary thrombosis.

His parents, Jacob and Rebecca Siegel, were Jewish immigrants from Romania.[1]

See also


  1. Sidney Siegel (ed. Samuel Messick, Arthur H. Brayfield), Decision and Choice, p.2. McGraw-Hill, 1964


  • Nonparametric Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, 1956
  • Bargaining and Group Decision Making (co-authored with Lawrence E. Fouraker), winning the 1959 Monograph Price of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Bargaining Behaviour (co-authoree with Lawrence E. Fouraker).
  • A nonparametric sum of ranks procedure for relative spread in unpaired samples, in Journal of the American Statistical Association, 1960 (coauthored with John Wilder Tukey)
  • Choice, Strategy, and Utility (completed posthumously by Alberta E. Siegel and Julia McMichael Andrews)
  • Bargaining, Information and the Use of Threat (co-authored with Donald L. Harnett), 1961

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