Frank Duckworth

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Frank Carter Duckworth
Born (1939-12-26) December 26, 1939 (age 77)
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
Occupation Statistician
Known for Duckworth–Lewis method, Risk perception

Frank Carter Duckworth MBE (born 26 December 1939 in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire)[1] is a retired English statistician, and is one of the two statisticians who developed the Duckworth–Lewis method of resetting targets in interrupted one-day cricket matches.[2][3] He studied physics (BSc Hons 1961) and earned a PhD (1965) in metallurgy at the University of Liverpool.[4] Prior to his retirement, he worked as a mathematical scientist for the English nuclear power industry.[5] He is a consultant statistician to the International Cricket Council,[6][7] and the editor of the Royal Statistical Society's monthly news magazine, RSS News.[8] He also served on the editorial board of Significance before stepping down in 2010. In 2004 he delivered the Royal Statistical Society Schools Lecture, entitled Lies and Statistics.[9]

Duckworth is also known for developing a system of quantifying personal risk perception,[10] now known as the "Duckworth scale".[11]

Duckworth was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[12]


  1. ^ "Frank Duckworth — England". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Longmore, Andrew (16 May 1999), "First Night: Duckworth–Lewis: The odd couple getting even with the weather", The Independent, London, retrieved 2 May 2010 
  3. ^ Richards, Huw (18 February 2003), "How two statisticians became stars", New York Times, retrieved 2 May 2010 
  4. ^ University of Liverpool Alumni Newsletter:Queen's Birthday Honours list 2010, July 2010 
  5. ^ The D/L Method in One-day Cricket: Twelve years on. Announcement for talk by Duckworth at the Australian National University, 20 February 2009
  6. ^ Duckworth to review D/L method, slams Indian rival, MSN, 17 June 2009, archived from the original on June 19, 2009 
  7. ^ "Duckworth, Lewis to attend World Cup Forum in Antigua", Jamaica Observer, 3 December 2005, archived from the original on July 9, 2009 .
  8. ^ RSS News Editorial Team, Royal Statistical Society.
  9. ^ RSS Schools Lecture (Guy Lecture) and Past RSS Schools Lectures, Royal Statistical Society
  10. ^ Ezard, John (16 July 1999), "Riskometer measures life's ups and downs", The Guardian, London, retrieved 2 May 2010 
  11. ^ Belsky, Gary (8 September 2008), "Editor's blog", ESPN Magazine 
  12. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59446. p. 15. 12 June 2010.