The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Falkner, Roland Post
FALKNER, fäk′nėr, Roland Post, American statistician: b. Bridgeport, Conn., 14 April 1866. He was graduated at the University of Pennsylvania in 1885; studied economics at Berlin, Leipzig and Halle-on-Saale, Germany; was instructor in accounting and statistics in the University of Pennsylvania in 1888-91, and professor of statistics 1891-1900. He served also as statistician of the United States Senate Committee of Finance in 1891; as secretary of the United States delegation to the International Monetary Conference; and as secretary of the conference in 1892. He is author of numerous essays on criminology, sociology, etc.; and was editor of Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 1890-1900. From 1904 to 1907 he served as commissioner of education in Porto Rico; from 1908 to 1911 he was statistician in charge of school inquiries for the United States Immigration Commission, and in 1911-12 was assistant director of the census. He has contributed essays on professional topics to economic, statistical and other journals, and has published a translation of August Meitzen's ‘History, Theory, and Technique of Statistics’ (1893).