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David Cox

Sir David Cox FRS


Elected: 1973


David Cox is a statistician who has significantly advanced statistical analysis and its application. His paper introducing his proportional hazards model has some tens of thousands of citations. The best known application of this work is in analysing data from clinical trials; other applications include modelling failure of mechanical components.

David’s model provides a means to work out which of many possible variables are predictive of a particular outcome that is related to the time that has passed. David’s many other notable contributions include detailed studies of sequences of point events and work on experimental design.

Amongst his many awards, David has received the Copley Medal, the Guy Medal in Gold of the Royal Statistical Society and the Kettering Prize for Cancer Research. He was Editor of the journal, Biometrika, from 1966 to 1991. He has served as President of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability, the Royal Statistical Society and the International Statistical Institute. He was knighted in 1985.

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Applied probabillity, Applied stochastic processes, Equilibrium statistical theory, Statistical methods


  • Copley Medal

    For his seminal contributions to the theory and applications of statistics.