Renowned statisticians Ian Diamond, Frank Kelly and David Hand are all candidates in the New Year Honours list for 2013 – the International Year of Statistics.
The annual list
, which recognises the achievements and service of extraordinary people across the UK, this year recommended 1,223 people to the Queen for an award.
A knighthood was awarded to Ian Diamond
, former chief executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (2003 to 2010) and current principal and vice-chancellor at the University of Aberdeen. The renowned social statistician was hailed for his ‘world class reputation in the field of social statistics’ and his ‘an outstanding contribution to leading the UK social science research community’.
Former RSS president David Hand
was honoured as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to research and innovation. Now emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College, London, David has won various prizes and awards for his research, including the Guy medal in silver (2002) from the Royal Statistical Society. He has served on the statistics advisory boards of GSK and AstraZeneca, and is currently chief scientific advisor to Winton Capital Management and a member of the UK Statistics Authority Committee for Official Statistics.
, professor of the mathematics of systems at the University of Cambridge, was honoured in the Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) list for services to mathematical sciences. Another Guy medallist (in silver, awarded in 1989), Frank served as chief scientific adviser to the Department for Transport, and chairs the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, of which the RSS is a founding member.
This year, science and technology made up 2.5% per cent of the New Year Honours list of awards. Other high-profile candidates include Professor Peter Higgs (of Higgs boson fame), Margaret Beckett, Kate Bush, Ewan McGregor, Olympians Bradley Wiggins and Ben Ainslie, and Paralympian Sarah Storey.