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Churchill Fellow, Professor David Spiegelhalter has been elected as the next President of the Royal Statistical Society.
He will take up the post on in January 2017, after Peter Diggle's presidency comes to a close at the end of 2016, serving for the sessions 2017 and 2018.
Professor Spiegelhalter said:
'I am deeply honoured to be chosen as the next president of the RSS, although it is humbling and rather intimidating to examine the list of eminent predecessors. It's a very exciting time — the vital importance of statistics is becoming increasingly recognised, and the Society is making great strides in engaging in public debate. I am so looking forward to continuing this work, as well as helping the RSS to make statistics an even more inclusive and attractive career'.
Professor Spiegelhalter is the Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, and Professor of Biostatistics, at the University of Cambridge. His background is in medical statistics, particularly the use of Bayesian methods in clinical trials, health technology assessment and drug safety. In 2014 he was awarded a Knighthood for services to statistics.