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Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth Thompson

Professor Elizabeth Thompson FRS


Elected: 2023


Elizabeth Thompson received her Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Cambridge University, UK. After postdoctoral work at Stanford University, USA, she was faculty in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge from 1976-85. She then became professor in the Department of Statistics, University of Washington, where she served as Chair, 1989-1994 and 2011-2014, and is now emeritus faculty.

Dr. Thompson's research is in the development of methods for model-based likelihood inference from genetic data, particularly data observed on large and complex pedigree structures both of humans and of other species, including inference of descent of genome and of relationships among individuals and among populations.

Dr. Thompson is a recipient of a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Cambridge, the Jerome Sacks award for cross-disciplinary research, and the Weldon Prize for contributions to Biometric Science. She is an honorary fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, an honorary Life Member of the International Biometric Society, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Professional positions

Professor Emerita of Statistics, Department of Statistics, University of Washington

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Mathematics
    • Statistics and Operational Research
  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology
    • Epidemiology (non-clinical), Population genetics


Genetic isolates, genome extinction and survival, pedigree analysis

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