D. J. Bartholomew

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D.J. Bartholomew

David John Bartholomew FBA (born 6 August 1931) is a British statistician who was President of the Royal Statistical Society between 1993 and 1995.[1] He was Professor of Statistics at the London School of Economics between 1973 and 1996.[2]


David John Bartholomew was born 6 August 1931, the son of Albert and Joyce Bartholomew.[2] He was educated at Bedford Modern School[3] and University College London where he earned his BSc and PhD.[1]

Bartholomew began his career as a scientist at the National Coal Board in 1955.[2] In 1957 he became a Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Keele,[2] before his appointment as a Senior Lecturer at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.[2]

Bartholomew was appointed Professor of Statistics at the University of Kent in 1967[2] before being made Professor of Statistics at the London School of Economics in 1973, a position he held until 1996. He was Emeritus Professor (Pro-Director) between 1988 and 1991.[2]

Bartholomew was President of the Royal Statistical Society, 1993–95 (Hon. Sec., 1976–82; Treas., 1989–93).[2] He was Vice-President of the Manpower Society (1987–95)[2] and was Chairman of the Science and Religion Forum between 1997 and 2000.[2]

Bartholomew was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1987.[2]

Family life[edit]

In 1955 Bartholomew married Marian Elsie Lake, and they have two daughters.[4] Bartholomew has debated atheist physicist Victor Stenger on whether or not God is a failed hypothesis.[1]


  • With S.E. Finer and H.B. Berrington Backbench Opinion in the House of Commons, 1955-1959. Oxford: Pergamon Press;[2]
  • Stochastic Models for Social Processes, 1967, 3rd edn 1982;[2]
  • With E.E. Bassett, Let's Look at the Figures: the quantitative approach to human affairs, Harmondsworth Middlesex: Penguin books (Dutch translation, 1971)[2]
  • (jtly) Statistical Inference Under Order Restrictions[2]
  • 1972; (jtly) Statistical Techniques for Manpower Planning, 1979, 2nd edn 1991[2]
  • Mathematical Methods in Social Science, 1981[2]
  • God of Chance, 1984;[2]
  • Latent Variable Models and Factor Analysis, 1987, 2nd edn (jtly) 1999;[2]
  • Uncertain Belief, 1996;[2]
  • The Statistical Approach to Social Measurement, 1996;[2]
  • (jtly) The Analysis and Interpretation of Multivariate Data for Social Scientists, 2002, 2nd edn 2008;[2]
  • Measuring Intelligence: facts and fallacies, 2004[2]
  • Measurement (4 vols), 2006[2]
  • God, Chance and Purpose, Cambridge University Press 2008 ISBN 978-0-521-70708-4[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Who Was Who, Published by A&C Black Limited, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920-2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014; online edn, April 2014
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y "BARTHOLOMEW, David John (born 1931), Professor of Statistics, London School of Economics, 1973–96, then Emeritus (Pro-Director, 1988–91)". oup.com. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Bedford Modern School of the Black And Red, Andrew Underwood 1981; updated 2010
  4. ^ BARTHOLOMEW, Prof. David John’, Who's Who 2009, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2008 accessed 18 Aug 2009