UCL Department of Economics


Abraham de Moivre (1667 - 1754)

Tutoring in London as a Huguenot emigré, De Moivre made several fundamental contributions to the theory of probability including definitions of concepts such as independence and the first use of the normal distribution (which he linked to the binomial distribution in a precursor of the central limit theorem), besides working on problems of annuities.

He lived his later years in Westminster and is buried in the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields.