William Playfair

Engineer, Author

1759 – 1823

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Who was William Playfair?

William Playfair was a Scottish engineer and political economist, the founder of graphical methods of statistics.

William Playfair invented four types of diagrams: in 1786 the line graph and bar chart of economic data, and in 1801 the pie chart and circle graph, used to show part-whole relations.

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Born
Sep 22, 1759
Benvie
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  • Scotland
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Died
Feb 11, 1823
London

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on July 23, 2013

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