Statisticians commended by science community for pioneering work

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Congratulations are due to a number of statisticians - RSS members and non-members - who have recently been recognised by prestigious institutions including the Royal Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the British Medical Journal (BMJ), for their contributions to science.

The BMJ has just awarded Professor Doug Altman from the Centre for Statistics in Medicine at the University of Oxford a Lifetime Achievement award for his work in healthcare research. Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of the BMJ, noted that Doug 'has done more than anyone else to encourage researchers to fully report what they actually did, warts and all, rather than letting the best be the enemy of the good or, worse, pretending that research is perfect.' An RSS member since 1970, Doug is an RSS CStat holder and gave a plenary speech at the Royal Statistical Society's conference in 2013.

Anthony Edwards and Alison Etheridge, both elected into the Royal Society.Statisticians have also been recognised by the Royal Society, electing three Oxbridge statisticians and data experts as fellows (FRS). Anthony Edwards (pictured right), former professor of biometry and current life fellow at Gonville & Caius College in the University of Cambridge (and RSS member since 1962), was commended for his 'fundamental contributions to statistical and population genetics, and to statistical theory'. Alison Etheridge (also pictured right), a professor of probability in the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford, was praised for 'significant contributions in the theory and applications of probability and in the links between them'. Zoubin Ghahramani, a professor of information engineering at the University of Cambridge, was recognised as a 'world leader in the field of machine learning, significantly advancing the state-of-the-art in algorithms that can learn from data.' Also elected as a fellow is Met Office chief scientist Dame Julia Slingo, who is due to give a keynote talk at the RSS International Conference this September. A full list is published on the Royal Society website.

Congratulations are also due to David Martin, professor of geography at the University of Southampton and co-director at the National Centre for Research Methods, who has won the Royal Geographical Society's prestigious Back Award for his pioneering work which influenced policy with regards to the UK census.

The Royal Statistical Society would like to extend its warmest congratulations to all of those commended.

Photo top left: © Copyright Philippa Gedge Photography

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