RSS Research Prize renamed ‘The David Cox Research Prize’

The RSS Research Prize is to be renamed the ‘David Cox Research Prize’, in honour of Sir David Cox, who was RSS President during the period 1980-1982.

Sir David Cox is an internationally renowned statistician known for his groundbreaking work in statistics and applied probability, including the development of the proportional hazard regression model and the Cox Process. He received the Royal Statistical Society’s highest honour, the Guy Medal in Gold, in 1973, and was awarded the Royal Society’s Copley Medal in 2010. In 2017, he was the first ever recipient of the International Prize in Statistics.

The Society’s Research Prize is given to promising researchers who, within four years of their PhD, have made an outstanding contribution to statistical theory or application. The winner is awarded £2,000 by the Society.

RSS President Sylvia Richardson, who chairs the Honours Committee, said: ‘It’s fitting that our Research Prize, which celebrates outstanding contributions by early-career researchers, is now named after Sir David Cox, one of statistics’ giants. We hope the prize will continue to support talented statistics researchers for many years to come.’

We are currently seeking nominations for the 2022 Research Prize before the 1 October 2021 deadline.

Photo shows Sir David Cox speaking at the RSS 2016 Conference.

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