Karl Pearson played an enormous role in determining the content and organization of statistical research in his day, through his research, his teaching, his establishment of laboratories, and his initiation of a vast publishing program. His technical contributions had initially and continue today to have a profound impact upon the work of both applied and theoretical statisticians, partly through their inadequately acknowledged influence upon Ronald A. Fisher. Particular attention is drawn to two of Pearson’s major errors that nonetheless have left a positive and lasting impression upon the statistical world.
"Karl Pearson’s Theoretical Errors and the Advances They Inspired." Statist. Sci. 23 (2) 261 - 271, May 2008. https://doi.org/10.1214/08-STS256