David Cox, RSS past president and one of the major figures in modern statistics, has very generously donated prize money he has received from two major awards to support the Society's annual Research Prize.
David's donation now creates a fund that will enable us to increase the value of the Research Prize from £500 to £2,000 per award.
David had previously established the RSS Research Prize and supported it by anonymous donations. However, in 2016, he received two major international awards that recognise his pioneering and hugely influential contribution to modern statistics: the inaugural International Prize in Statistics and the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences.
David has kindly decided to contribute prize money from these awards to support pioneering statisticians of the future through the RSS Research Prize.
For the past 25 years, the Research Prize has been awarded biennially to a recently graduated RSS fellow for an outstanding published contribution to statistical theory or application. The new donation will enable us to award the Research Prize annually.
Several previous recipients have gone on to win the Society’s Guy Medal in Bronze and secure established reputations in the academic community, including former RSS Council members Richard Samworth, professor of statistics at the University of Cambridge Statistical Laboratory; Chris Holmes, professor of biostatistics at the University of Oxford; and Steve Brooks, founder and chairman of Select Statistics.
RSS president David Spiegelhalter said: ‘David Cox has set a magnificent example of what can be achieved through statistical research, and it is through his typical generosity that we are able to increase the value of this prize for young researchers. This will further highlight the importance of methodological work in the early part of statistical careers, and future recipients will have good reason to be grateful to David.’