Society announces honours for 2015

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The recipients of this year's Royal Statistical Society's honours - along with their respective citations - are listed below.

The Society would like to offer huge congratulations to all recipients and offer thanks to the Society's Honours Committee who gave careful consideration to all of the nominees and made recommendations to the Society's Council. We hope as many members as possible can join us at the awards ceremony, held on Tuesday 8 September at the Society’s annual conference in Exeter, to see these medals and prizes being presented along with the Society's Statistical Excellence in Journalism Award.

Guy Medal in Silver

The Guy Medal in Silver is awarded to Anthony Davison for the path-breaking paper 'Models for exceedances over high thresholds', written jointly with RL Smith and read before the Society in 1989; for his influential research and expository work also in other areas of statistical methodology and application, especially bootstrap theory and likelihood asymptotics; and for outstanding service to the statistical research community through editorial work.

Guy Medal in Bronze

The Guy Medal in Bronze is awarded to Jinchi Lv for his important contributions to high-dimensional statistics as highlighted by the seminal paper 'Sure independence screening for ultra high-dimensional feature space', read to the Society jointly with Professor Jianqing Fan in 2008; 'Model selection principles in misspecified models' (2014, with J Liu); and 'DASSO: connections between the Dantzig selector and the LASSO' (2007, with P Radchenko and G James), both published in the Society's Series B Journal; and for his service to the statistical community.

Bradford Hill Medal

The Bradford Hill Medal, for excellence in medical statistics, is awarded to Tim Cole for his methodological contributions to the assessment and analysis of child growth, notably the LMS method for constructing growth charts, and for his seminal contributions to the epidemiology of child development, including the establishment of criteria for characterising childhood obesity and the provision of reference growth curves.

Howard Medal

The inaugural Howard Medal, for excellence in the field of social statistics, is awarded to Sheila Bird for her important contributions to the development and application of methodology for studying prisoners’ welfare, and her advocacy of good practice in social statistics, notably in the analysis of crime and for death registrations where the cause of death is not fully established.

Barnett Award

The inaugural Barnett Award Lecture, recognising excellence in environmental statistics, is awarded to Jonathan Tawn. He has made substantial contributions to environmental statistics through his research work on the theory and statistical methodology of extremes, leading to substantive applications in meteorology, oceanography and hydrology. This work has had considerable impact outside academia, in particular in shaping government policy on the construction of sea walls, and in safety standards for shipbuilding following his influential expert witness contribution to the inquest into the sinking of 'MV Derbyshire'.

Research Prize

The Research Prize, for early career researchers, is awarded to Jenny Wadsworth for her exemplary contributions to the statistics of extremes as represented by 'Likelihood-based procedures for threshold diagnostics and uncertainty in extreme value modelling' (JRSSB, 2012, with JA Tawn), and 'Efficient inference for spatial extreme value processes associated to log-Gaussian random functions' (Biometrika, 2014, with JA Tawn).

Further information about the awards is available on our main website, which also has further background information on each award this year (PDF).

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