Christopher Bishop

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Christopher Bishop

Bishop in 2017
Born (1959-04-07) 7 April 1959 (age 65)
Norwich, England
EducationEarlham School
Alma mater
Known forPattern Recognition and Machine Learning (PRML) book
Jennifer Morris
(m. 1988)
Scientific career
FieldsMachine learning[2]
ThesisThe semi-classical technique in field theory: some applications (1983)
Doctoral advisor
Doctoral students

Christopher Michael Bishop (born 7 April 1959) FRS FRSE FREng[7] is a British computer scientist. He is a Microsoft Technical Fellow and Director of Microsoft Research AI4Science. He is also Honorary Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. Chris was a founding member of the UK AI Council, and in 2019 he was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

Early life and education[edit]

Christopher Michael Bishop was born on 7 April 1959 in Norwich, England, to Leonard and Joyce Bishop.[8] He was educated at Earlham School in Norwich, and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from St Catherine's College, Oxford, and later a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Edinburgh,[8] with a thesis on quantum field theory supervised by David Wallace and Peter Higgs.[3][4]

Research and career[edit]

Bishop investigates machine learning,[7] in which computers are made to learn from data and experience.[9][10][11] His former doctoral students include Neil Lawrence[5][6] and Danielle Belgrave.


Bishop is the author of two highly cited and widely adopted machine learning text books: Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition[12] and Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning.[13]

Awards and honours[edit]

Bishop was awarded the Tam Dalyell prize in 2009[14] and the Rooke Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011.[15] He gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2008[1] and the Turing Lecture in 2010. Bishop was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2004,[16] a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2007,[17] and Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Bishop married Jennifer Mary Morris in 1988. They have two sons.[8]


  1. ^ a b 2008 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
  2. ^ Christopher Bishop publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b "Professor Christopher Bishop elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh". University of Edinburgh School of Informatics. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b Bishop, Christopher Michael (1983). The semi-classical technique in field theory : some applications (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. hdl:1842/11984. OCLC 59284998. EThOS Free access icon
  5. ^ a b Christopher Bishop at the Mathematics Genealogy Project Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ a b Lawrence, Neil David (2000). Variational Inference in Probabilistic Models (PDF). (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 894596569. EThOS Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 April 2003. Free access icon
  7. ^ a b c Anon (2017). "Christopher Bishop". London: Royal Society.
  8. ^ a b c "Bishop, Prof. Christopher Michael". Who's Who. A & C Black. 2021. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U249776. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  9. ^ "Microsoft Research Cambridge". Microsoft.
  10. ^ Bishop, Christopher Michael (1995). Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198538646.
  11. ^ Tipping, Michael E.; Bishop, Christopher M. (1999). "Probabilistic Principal Component Analysis". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B. 61 (3): 611–622. CiteSeerX doi:10.1111/1467-9868.00196. ISSN 1369-7412. S2CID 15538672.
  12. ^ Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition (1995) [ISBN missing]
  13. ^ Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (2006) [ISBN missing]
  14. ^ Tam Dalyell Prize
  15. ^ "Royal Academy of Engineering, Rooke Medal". Archived from the original on 14 September 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Royal Academy of Engineering". Archived from the original on 14 September 2021. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Professor Christopher M Bishop FREng FRSE, FRS - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 1 February 2018.