Adrian Smith (statistician)
|Adrian F. M. Smith|
|Born||1946 (age 66–67)
|Institutions||Imperial College, London
Queen Mary, London
|Alma mater||Selwyn College, Cambridge
University College, London
|Doctoral advisor||Dennis Lindley|
|Doctoral students||David Spiegelhalter|
|Notable awards||Guy Medal in Bronze (1977)
Guy Medal in Silver (1993)
Sir Adrian Frederick Melhuish Smith, FRS (born 1946, Dawlish, England) is a distinguished British statistician and formerly Principal of Queen Mary, University of London. He was previously at Imperial College, London where he was head of the Mathematics Department. He is a member of the governing body of the London Business School and a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. He served on the Advisory Council for the Office for National Statistics from 1996–1998, was Statistical Advisor to the Nuclear Waste Inspectorate from 1991–1998 and was advisor on Operational Analysis to the Ministry of Defence from 1982–1987. He is a former President of the Royal Statistical Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. His FRS citation included "his diverse contributions to Bayesian statistics. His monographs are the most comprehensive available and his work has had a major impact on the development of monitoring tools for clinicians."
In statistical theory, Smith is a proponent of Bayesian statistics and evidence-based practice—a general extension of evidence-based medicine into all areas of public policy. With Antonio Machi, he translated Bruno de Finetti's Theory of Probability into English. He wrote an influential paper in 1990 along with Alan E. Gelfand, which drew attention to the significance of the Gibbs sampler technique for Bayesian numerical integration problems. He was also co-author of the seminal paper on the particle filter (Gordon, Salmond and Smith, 1993). Smith was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge and University College London where his PhD supervisor was Dennis Lindley.
In April 2008, Smith was appointed as Director General of Science and Research at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (since merged with another department to form the UK's BIS). He took up his post in September 2008. His annual remuneration for this role is £160,000.
Smith became Vice-Chancellor of the University of London from 1 September 2012.
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- "New Vice-Chancellor of the University of London". IQuad. Royal Holloway, University of London. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- Gelfand, A. E.; Smith, A. F. M. (1990). "Sampling-Based Approaches to Calculating Marginal Densities". Journal of the American Statistical Association 85 (410): 398–409. doi:10.2307/2289776.
- N.J. Gordon, D.J. Salmond, and A.F.M. Smith. "Novel Approach to Nonlinear/Non-Gaussian Bayesian State Estimation." IEE Proceedings-F, 140, 107–113, 1993.
- Smith, Adrian (2004). Making Mathematics Count: The Report of Professor Adrian Smith's Inquiry into Post-14 Mathematics Education (3084). London, England: The Stationery Office.
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D. J. Bartholomew
|President of the Royal Statistical Society
R. N. Curnow