Fifty eminent scientists have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth, dedicated to promoting excellence in science. Fellows are elected for their exceptional contributions to science. Among them are two IMS Fellows, Philip Dawid and Nancy Reid.
Philip Dawid, Emeritus Professor of Statistics of the University of Cambridge, has made fundamental contributions to both the philosophical underpinnings and the practical applications of statistics. His theory of conditional independence is a keystone of modern statistical theory and methods, and he has demonstrated its usefulness in a host of applications, including computation in probabilistic expert systems, causal inference, and forensic identification. His co-authored book Probabilistic Networks and Expert Systems won the first DeGroot Prize, and he was awarded the Royal Statistical Society’s Guy Medal in Silver in 2001. For many years Philip Dawid was Professor of Probability and Statistics at University College London. He has served as Editor of Biometrika and of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series B), and as President of ISBA.
Nancy Reid is University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Statistical Theory and Applications at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include statistical theory, likelihood inference, design of studies, and statistical science in public policy. Nancy is a Fellow of IMS, RSS, the Royal Society of Canada, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2015 she was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.