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Bernard Silverman

Sir Bernard Silverman FRS


Elected: 1997


Bernard Silverman is a statistician whose research has ranged widely across theoretical and practical aspects of statistics. He has taken a particular interest in the ways that computing power has changed our ability to collect and analyse data, and has published widely in this field, covering aspects from the fundamental mathematical properties of new methods to computer packages for their implementation. He has collaborated in many fields in the physical, life and social sciences and with various areas of industry and government.

Following academic posts at Bath, Bristol and Oxford, he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office from 2010 to 2017. A former President of the Royal Statistical Society, his main current research interest is in Modern Slavery, where he also holds senior advisory roles. He also has particular interests in Research Integrity, as Chair of the UK Research Integrity Office, and in security.

Professional positions

Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford
Chair of Technology Advisory Panel, Investigatory Powers Commissioner
Chair, UK Research Integrity Office
Emeritus Professor, University of Bristol
Professor of Modern Slavery Statistics, University Of Nottingham

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Bayesian statistics, Public policy, Statistics (mathematics)