Given his love of cricket, perhaps even G H Hardy (who expressed disdain for all "applied" mathematics) would have approved.
Eminent British mathematician Tony Lewis has died, aged 78. Lewis is famous for co-developing the Duckworth-Lewis method, a method of settling one-day cricket matches. For those unfamiliar with cricket, its infamously lengthy four or five-day matches can end in a draw, so players just live with rain interruptions. The game's …
I just checked to see if he was also the Tony Lewis who played for England and later became a cricket journalist. He wasn't. However the Wonkypedia entry for the player shows him as having died on April 1st as well. Outstanding coincidence or wonky editor? I'll settle for the latter whilst wondering of the statistician could have estimated the probability of the former.