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Philip Dawid
Philip Dawid at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2018
Alexander Philip Dawid

(1946-02-01) 1 February 1946 (age 78)
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
EducationCity of London School
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (BA, MA, ScD)[2]
AwardsGuy Medal (1978, 2001)
Snedecor Award (1977)
Fellow of the Royal Society (2018)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London
City University, London
Cambridge University

Alexander Philip Dawid FRS[3] (pronounced 'David';[4] born 1 February 1946) is Emeritus Professor of Statistics of the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. He is a leading proponent of Bayesian statistics.[5][6][2][1]


Dawid was educated at the City of London School, Trinity Hall, Cambridge and Darwin College, Cambridge.[7]

Career and research[edit]

Dawid has made fundamental contributions to both the philosophical underpinnings and the practical applications of statistics.[3] His theory of conditional independence is a keystone of modern statistical theory and methods, and he has demonstrated its usefulness in a host of applications, including computation in probabilistic expert systems, causal inference, and forensic identification.[3][8][9][10]

Dawid was lecturer in statistics at University College London from 1969 to 1978. He was subsequently Professor of Statistics at City University, London until 1981, when he returned to UCL as a reader, becoming Pearson Professor of Statistics there in 1982. He moved to the University of Cambridge where he was appointed Professor of Statistics in 2007, retiring in 2013.[citation needed]

Awards and honours[edit]

He was elected a member of the International Statistical Institute in 1978, and a Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society in 1993. He was editor of Biometrika from 1992 to 1996 and President of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis in 2000.[11] He is also an elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.[12] and of the Royal Society. He received the 1977 George W. Snedecor Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies.[13] Dawid was awarded the 1978 Guy Medal in Bronze[14] and the 2001 Guy Medal in Silver by the Royal Statistical Society.[15]

His book Probabilistic Networks and Expert Systems,[16] written jointly with Robert G. Cowell, Steffen Lauritzen, and David Spiegelhalter, received the 2001 DeGroot Prize from the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.[17]


  1. ^ a b Philip Dawid publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "ALEXANDER PHILIP DAWID : CV" (PDF). Staslab.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Professor Philip Dawid FRS". royalsociety.org. Royal Society. 2018. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    "All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)

  4. ^ Corfied, David (26 June 2006). "Dawid on probabilities". Philosophy of Real Mathematics. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  5. ^ Philip Dawid Bio, Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation. Retrieved 27 January 2010
  6. ^ Prof Philip Dawid Authorised Biography at Debrett’s People of Today
  7. ^ Philip Dawid at the Mathematics Genealogy Project Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ Spiegelhalter, David J., A. Philip Dawid, Steffen Lauritzen and Robert G. Cowell "Bayesian analysis in expert systems" in Statistical Science, 8(3), 1993.
  9. ^ Robert G. Cowell, A. Philip Dawid, David J. Spiegelhalter, "Sequential Model Criticism in Probabilistic Expert Systems." IEEE Trans. Pattern Anal. Mach. Intell. 15(3), 1993 doi:10.1109/34.204903
  10. ^ A. Philip Dawid, Uffe Kjærulff, Steffen Lauritzen, "Hybrid Propagation in Junction Trees." IPMU 1994 doi:10.1007/BFb0035940
  11. ^ Past Officers, Board Members and Appointments of ISBA, International Society for Bayesian Analysis. Retrieved 27 January 2010
  12. ^ Honored Fellows Archived 19 October 2016 at the Wayback Machine, Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Retrieved 27 January 2010
  13. ^ COPPS Awards Recipients. Archived 12 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Retrieved 27 January 2010
  14. ^ Guy Medal in Bronze, Archived 27 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine Royal Statistical Society. Retrieved 27 January 2010
  15. ^ Guy Medal in Silver, Archived 18 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine Royal Statistical Society. Retrieved 27 January 2010
  16. ^ Probabilistic Networks and Expert Systems (1999, Springer-Verlag) [ISBN missing]
  17. ^ DeGroot Prize, Archived 3 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine International Society for Bayesian Analysis. Retrieved 27 January 2010