# Bayes, Thomas(1702--61) Mathematician, born in London, England, UK. He was one of the first six Nonconformist ministers to be publicly ordained in England. He is principally remembered for his posthumously published *Essay Towards Solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances* (1763), in which he was the first to study the idea of statistical inference, and to estimate the probability of an event from the frequency of its previous occurrences. |