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Professor Sir John Aston 

Professor Sir John Aston
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John is Harding Professor of Statistics in Public Life. He is based in the Statistical Laboratory, Department of Pure Maths and Mathematical Statistics, where he works on functional data analysis and time series analysis with applications in areas including medical imaging, linguistics and official statistics. He is also the Co-Director of the Cambridge Mathematics of Information in Healthcare Hub (CMIH) and on the Management Board of the Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information (CCIMI). He is on the Bennett Institute for Public Policy Management Board, a non-Executive Board Member of the UK Statistics Authority, and from 2017–2020 was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office. He was a founding director of the Alan Turing Institute. John was knighted in 2021 for services to statistics and public policymaking.

John is married to Karri and they have three children.

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