David Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk, and as Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, he works to improve the way in which risk and statistical evidence are taught and discussed in society. He gives many presentations to schools and others, advises organisations on risk communication, and is a regular commentator on risk issues. He presented the BBC4 documentaries ‘Tails you Win: the Science of Chance’ and the award-winning ‘Climate Change by Numbers’. He was an advisor to the Department for Education on the GCSE Mathematics curriculum, and is joint author with Jenny Gage of ‘Teaching Probability’ (CUP, 2015). He was elected FRS in 2005, awarded an OBE in 2006, and was knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics. In 2011 he came 7th in an episode of Winter Wipeout.
Winton Professor of Public Understanding of Risk, Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Interest and expertise
Health and human sciences
Medical statistics and demography
Michael Faraday Prize and Lecture
For bringing key insights from the disciplines of statistics and probability vividly home to the public at large, and to key decision-makers, in entertaining and accessible ways, most recently through the COVID-19 pandemic.