RSS fellows elected to Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences

Congratulations to RSS fellows Professor Richard Samworth (pictured above), who was elected fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) last week, and to Professors Jon Deeks, Heather Cordell and Jonathan Sterne, who were all elected fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) today (12 May 2021).

The Royal Society has a Fellowship of around 1,600 of the world’s most eminent scientists, with only up to 60 new Fellows elected every year. Richard J Samworth, professor of statistical science and director of the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, was elected FRS in recognition of his research in high-dimensional and nonparametric statistics. He is already a recipient of the COPSS Presidents' Award, the Adams prize, a Philip Leverhulme Prize and was awarded the RSS Guy Medal in Bronze as well as our Research Prize.

Today, 50 prominent biomedical and health scientists were elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences for exceptional contributions to the advancement of medical science; many of this year’s new fellows are involved in spearheading the Covid-19 response.

Jonathan Deeks, professor of biostatistics at the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham, is a world leading expert on the evaluation of medical tests, having published over 300 research papers and reviews in scientific journals. He also advises the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on the evaluation of diagnostic tests, and is the chief statistical advisor to the British Medical Journal.

Heather Cordell, professor of statistical genetics at the Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University, applies regression and data-mining methods to genetic studies of complex diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, eczema and tuberculosis.

Jonathan Sterne, director of HDR UK South West and professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at the University of Bristol, works on epidemiological and statistical methods to understand how to predict and treat disease. He has led studies that have made substantial contributions to understanding the prognosis and treatment of people living with HIV.

Photo shows Richard Samworth receiving the RSS Guy Medal in Bronze in 2012.

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