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Peter W. F. Smith appointed Fellow of the British Academy

Published: 31 July 2019
Peter W. F. Smith
Peter W. F. Smith

Peter W. F. Smith, Professor of Social Statistics, has been appointed as a Fellow of the British Academy, one of seventy-six academics to be elected in recognition of their achievements in the humanities and social sciences.

In response to the appointment Peter said:
“It is a great honour for me to have my work recognised in this way. This could not have happened without the support of my colleagues at the University of Southampton over the last 28 years, therefore I believe this is also a recognition of the excellent work undertaken in Social Statistics.”

Peter has worked at the University for over 25 years. He obtained a First Class BSc in Mathematics in 1986 from Lancaster University and returned there to complete a PhD in Statistics in 1990, having obtained an MSc in Probability and Statistics with Distinction in 1987 from the University of Sheffield.

Peter has research interests in developing new statistical methodology and applying sophisticated statistical methods to problems in demography, medicine and health sciences.

His publications include articles in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, B and C, Biometrika and the Journal of the American Statistical Association. Peter was awarded the Royal Statistical Society Guy Medal in Bronze in 1999 and was Joint Editor of Series C of their Journal from 2013 to 2016.

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