40 years as a statistical general practitioner: The Industry Years (1974 – 1995)

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Wednesday 07 December 2016, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

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Presenter: Mr Mike Stevenson, formerly Queen's University Belfast

I finished college on 21st June 1974 and started my first post degree job in Short Bros & Harland (SB&H) just three days later.  There I got involved in fortune telling.  The serious stuff was trying to predict where wage and material escalation would be in three months’ time.  But first I was given a serious project - to predict next Saturday’s score draws!  Now SB&H more wanted me to be a management accountant rather than a statistician, but I still yearned to be practising what I had been taught at University College London.  So my tenure at SB&H lasted only 19 months and on 12th January 1976 I joined local tobacco firm Gallaher Ltd, working in their Research &Development Division.  At that time Gallaher employed more graduate and junior statisticians than did Queen’s University Belfast. I was initially employed as Statistician, Laboratory Statistics...........

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