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Raiders of the Lost Tombs: The Search for Some Heroes of the History of Data Visualization

Michael Friendly and Les Chevaliers des Albums de Statistique Graphique¹

Groucho Marx famously asked guests on his TV quiz show, You Bet Your Life, what should be a no-brainer: “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” In this article we take up the thornier question of the final resting places of some un-memorialized heroes of data visualization. We are the raiders of lost tombs, but only in the most benign and reverent sense.




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Michael Friendly

Michael Friendly

Developer of graphical methods for categorical and multivariate data and the Milestones Project on the history of data visualization

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