Zbyněk Šidák

Zbyněk Šidák (24 October 1933 – 12 November 1999) was a Czech mathematician. He is known for developing the Šidák correction.

Zbyněk Šidák
Born(1933-10-24)24 October 1933
Died12 November 1999(1999-11-12) (aged 66)
EducationCharles University in Prague
Known forŠidák correction
Spouse(s)Krista Štěpničková
Scientific career

Early life and educationEdit

Šidák was born and raised in Golčův Jeníkov.[1] He completed his undergraduate studies in statistics at Charles University in Prague in 1956, received a Ph.D. in 1961, and a DrSc. in 1973.[1]


Beginning in 1956, and continuing until his death, Šidák was a researcher in the mathematical department of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences and spent several years as head of the Department of Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics.[1]

During his life, Šidák held posts as a visiting faculty member at the University of Stockholm, University of North Carolina, Moscow State University, Michigan State University, and others.[1] He also served as chief editor of the scholarly journal Applications of Mathematics.[1]

The Šidák correction, a method used to counteract the problem of multiple comparisons, was credited to a 1967 paper by Šidák.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1958 Šidák married Krista Štěpničková. They had two sons and a daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Seidler, Jan (2000). "The life and work of Zbyněk Šidák (1933–1999)" (PDF). Applications in Mathematics. 45 (321): 321–336. doi:10.1023/A:1022238410461. hdl:10338.dmlcz/134443. S2CID 115391845.