It is with much regret that we report the death of a former honorary secretary of the Society, Sidney Rosenbaum.
Sidney Rosenbaum was one of the longest serving Fellows of the Society, having been elected in 1948. He served as honorary secretary for the Society between 1966 and 1970, remained on Council until 1974 and was a vice-president between 1972 and 1973. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1956.
His career in statistics began after serving in the Second World War; he worked in the Directorate of Army Health in the War Office from 1952 and obtained a PhD in Medical Statistics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1960. He became a chief statistician at the Treasury and transferred to the Cabinet Office before his final appointment as director of statistics and operational research at the Civil Service College in 1972. After retirement, Sidney worked as a consultant to the DHSS and the Ministry of Technology.
Sidney Rosenbaum made a major contribution to our understanding of statistics in the UK with his ‘Report on the use of Statistics in Social Science Research’, published in the Royal Statistical Society’s Series A journal (vol 134, 1971).
While an Honorary Secretary of the Society, Sidney also helped create the Guy lecture, a lecture series aimed at sixth form students, which has since become an important feature of the Society’s calendar.