Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter

Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Faculty of Mathematics, University of Cambridge

Emeritus Professor of Statistics in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge
Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy

"It's a been a real pleasure working with the Centre on improving the way that risk and uncertainty are dealt with in policy making. This requires a cross-disciplinary approach, as well as strong two-way communications between academics and those working in the policy front-line. I look forward to carrying on this exciting work"

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter FRS OBE is Emeritus Professor of Statistics in the Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He was previously Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, which aimed to improve the way that statistical evidence is used by health professionals, patients, lawyers and judges, media and policy-makers. He was very busy over the Covid crisis. He presented the BBC4 documentaries “Tails you Win: the Science of Chance”, the award-winning “Climate Change by Numbers”. His bestselling book, The Art of Statistics, was published in March 2019, and Covid by Numbers came out in September 2021. His career highlights include appearing on Desert Island Discs in 2022, and in 2011 coming 7th in an episode of BBC1’s Winter Wipeout.

He was knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics, was President of the Royal Statistical Society (2017-2018), and became a Non-Executive Director of the UK Statistics Authority in 2020.

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  • 11 August 2016

    Women listen and men look? How to best communicate risk to support decision making

  • 7 August 2016

    Exploring the language of chance in a sensitive context

  • 28 June 2016

    The risks of Big Data – or why I am not worried about brain tumours.