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Professor Robert Tibshirani is among the 51 eminent scientists who have become Fellows of the Royal Society, for their exceptional contributions to science. Rob Tibshirani is Professor of Biomedical Data Science and of Statistics, in the Departments of Biomedical Data Science and Statistics at Stanford University.

Robert Tibshirani has made important contributions to the statistical analysis of complex datasets. Some of his best-known contributions are the lasso, which uses L1 penalization in regression and related problems, generalized additive models and Significance Analysis of Microarrays (SAM). He also co-authored four widely used books: Generalized Additive Models, An Introduction to the Bootstrap, The Elements of Statistical Learning, and Sparsity in Statistics: the Lasso and its generalizations.

Professor Tibshirani co-authored the first study that linked cell phone usage with car accidents, a widely cited article that has played a role in the introduction of legislation that restricts the use of phones while driving. He is one of the most widely cited authors in the mathematical sciences field.

Robert Tibshirani trained at the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, and Stanford University. He was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 2012.