Congratulations to all of the RSS fellows elected into the Royal Society, the US-based National Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Medical Sciences.
As of May 2018, RSS fellows Nancy Reid, Phil Dawid and John Speakman are three of 50 fellows elected this year to the Royal Society (FRS); Simon Tavaré and Trevor Hastie have been elected - as a foreign associate and member respectively - to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS); and Paula Williamson and Mark Woodward were announced as being elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences (AcMedSci).
Professor Nancy Reid (pictured) is professor of statistical sciences and Canada research chair in statistical theory and applications at the University of Toronto and director at the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI). Her main research contributions have been to the field of theoretical statistics. Nancy Reid is a celebrated theoretical statistician; she has won numerous prizes including the Statistical Society of Canada Gold medal and the Royal Statistical Society’s Guy medal. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a past president of the the Statistical Society of Canada. She also delivered the 35th Fisher Memorial Lecture at the RSS in 2016.
Professor Philip Dawid, emeritus professor of statistics of the University of Cambridge, has contributed to both the philosophical underpinnings and the practical applications of statistics. He has served as editor of Biometrika and of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series B) and was awarded the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal in Silver in 2001.
Professor John Speakman holds a personal chair at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen and is a ‘1000 talents’ professor at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.
Professor Simon Tavaré, senior group leader and former director of Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, was one of 21 new foreign associates and Professor Trevor Hastie, professor of statistics at Stanford University, was elected as one of 84 new members of NAS. Both were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. The full list of new NAS members and foreign associates can be found at NAS online.
Dr Paula Williamson is professor of medical statistics, director of the MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research, director of the Clinical Trials Research Centre (CTRC), and head of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Liverpool. She was elected AcMedSci along with Professor Mark Woodward, professor of epidemiology and statistics at the University of Oxford. Among his many achievements, Mark led the statistical work for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals training programme.
Congratulations to our fellows for their amazing achievements in science!