Enid Charles (1894 – 1972)

Charles was a British statistician, demographer and feminist who started her work looking at statistics of birth-time to population predictions. Importantly, this trailblazer was among the first statisticians to challenge eugenics. After working in Canada from 1940-46 for the Dominion Bureau of Statistics, now Statistics Canada, she returned to join her husband in Birmingham where she worked for the City Council, establishing a database of maternity and child welfare records and using them to investigate the timing of birth.

Charles’ most impactful work was that as a demographer for the World Health Organisation up until 1962.


Lorenzo-Arribas, A., Aucott, L.,, Maclernon, D., Macfarlane, A., Cortina-Borja, M. and Aldrich, J. (2021). Royal Statistical Society Highlands Local Group and History of Statistics Section International Women’s Day webinar – report..