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Professor David Spiegelhalter, OBE FRS, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk and Fellow of Churchill College has been appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to Statistics in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Speaking to the media, Professor Spiegelhalter said:
“Work on statistics doesn’t usually get much attention, and so it’s a bit of a surprise to get such a great honour for doing things with numbers. And of course I am indebted to all the people that I’ve collaborated with in Cambridge and elsewhere.”
Professor Spiegelhalter's background is in medical statistics, particularly the use of Bayesian methods in clinical trials, health technology assessment and drug safety. In his post he leads a small team that attempts to improve the way in which the quantitative aspects of risk and uncertainty are discussed in society.
He also works closely with the Millennium Mathematics Project in Cambridge in trying to develop an exciting treatment of probability and risk for mathematics education. He gives many presentations to schools and others, advises organisations and government agencies on risk communication, and is a regular commentator on current risk issues.