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David Spiegelhalter

David Spiegelhalter

speaker location icon Cambridge, UK

British statistician

Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge 

Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter is Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication in the University of Cambridge, which aims to improve the way that statistical evidence is used by health professionals, patients, lawyers and judges, media and policy-makers.   He advises organisations and government agencies on risk communication and is a regular media commentator on statistical issues, with a particular focus on communicating uncertainty.

His background is in medical statistics, particularly the use of Bayesian methods in clinical trials, health technology assessment and drug safety.  He has over 200 refereed publications and is co-author of 6 textbooks, as well as The Norm Chronicles (with Michael Blastland), and Sex by Numbers.  He works extensively with the media, and presented the BBC4 documentaries “Tails you Win: the Science of Chance” and the award-winning “Climate Change by Numbers”, and in 2011 came 7th in an episode of Winter Wipeout on BBC1.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005, and knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics. He was President of the Royal Statistical Society for 2017-2018.

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