Leading British statistician, Dennis Lindley, dies

Written by Sara McDonnell - Web News Editor on . Posted in News

It is with great regret that we announce the death of a leading figure in statistics, Dennis Lindley (1923 - 2013).

Dennis Lindley was one of the key proponents of Bayesian statistics and his work has been widely recognised in helping to kick-start the ‘Bayesian revolution’ of recent years. He published more than 100 scholarly articles and books. In his academic career he occupied posts such as the director of the Statistical Laboratory at Cambridge University and head of statistics at University College London. He was a founder and former president of the Valencia International Meetings on Bayesian Statistics. In 2002 he was awarded the Royal Statistical Society’s Guy medal in gold.

He was an active member of the Royal Statistical Society and served on its Series B editorial panel for almost a decade. He was also secretary and later chair of the Research Section Committee and served as a member and vice president of Council. Most recently, he recorded an interview for the RSS which was played at the Society's Bayes 250 Conference held earlier this year (see embedded footage below).

Our sincerest condolences go to Dennis’s family, his wife Joan and three children, Janet, Rowan and Robert. A full obituary will be published in the Royal Statistical Society Series A journal in due course.

 

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