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Peter Whittle

Professor Peter Whittle FRS


Elected: 1978


Peter Whittle is a New Zealand mathematician who has conducted valuable work to clarify and extend the fundamental principles that underpin statistical analysis. Distinguished for his early research on the properties of time series, Peter’s work is characterised by a desire to maximise the potential for practical applications.

From problems associated with rabbit population growth to complex issues of accounting, his contributions to the study of stochastic processes have therefore exerted a significant and wide-reaching impact. Over the last 50 years, Peter has cemented this legacy of contributions to the field of statistics through the publication of numerous books and articles.

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1981, Peter is currently the Emeritus Churchill Professor of Mathematics for Operational Research at the Statistical Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. He has received numerous accolades for his research, including the prestigious Guy Medal from the Royal Statistical Society.

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  • Sylvester Medal

    For his major distinctive contributions to time series analysis, to optimisation theory, and to a wide range of topics in applied probability theory and the mathematics of operational research.