Agricultural statistician George W. Snedecor was born in 1881 and attended the University of Alabama and the University of Michigan. Snedecor taught at Iowa State University and developed the school's first statistics course. His work in agricultural statistics was later published in Wallace's Farmer. Snedecor founded and was the director of the Statistical Laboratory at Iowa State and later served as the president of the American Statistical Association. He also wrote the book, Statistical Methods. George W. Snedecor died in 1974.