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Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

Sir Adrian Smith PRS


Elected: 2001


Adrian Smith is a mathematician with particular expertise in the field of Bayesian statistics. This widely applicable branch of mathematics represents uncertainties in the form of probabilities, which are then modified through the mechanism of Bayes theorem as new information becomes available.

Adrian's comprehensive monographs on diverse areas of Bayesian statistics have had a major impact on statistical practice in a wide range of disciplines and application areas.

He has been awarded the Royal Statistical Society’s Guy Medals in Bronze, Silver and Gold and served from 1995 to 1997 as its President. In the 2011 New Year Honours list, he was awarded the title of Knight Bachelor.

He is the Director and Chief Executive of the Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Sir Adrian is President of the Royal Society. He started his five-year term on 30 November 2020.

Professional positions

President, The Royal Society
Institute Director and Chief Executive, Alan Turing Institute

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Mathematics
    • Statistics and Operational Research
  • Health and human sciences
    • Medical statistics and demography
  • Other
    • Public understanding of science
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