Each year we award medals and prizes to people who have made outstanding contributions to the development of statistics. Our Honours Committee, chaired by our president, considers nominations for our medals and prizes. The awards are presented at our annual conference.

Honours Committee

Sylvia Richardson (chair)
Deborah Ashby
Paul Allin
William Browne
Idris Eckley
John MacInnes
Mahesh Parmar
Richard Samworth
Marian Scott
Stephen Senn

The 2021 recipients are:

  • Guy Medal in Silver – Håvard Rue 
  • Guy Medal in Bronze – Pierre E. Jacob 
  • Wood Medal – Katie Harron 
  • Chambers Medal – Sara Hilditch 
  • Bradford Hill Medal – Bianca de Stavola 
  • West Medal – Peter Goldblatt  
  • Howard Medal – Brian Francis 
  • Greenfield Industrial Medal – Philip Jonathan 
  • Research Prize – Chengchun Shi 
  • Barnett Award – Jonathan (Jonty) Rougier 

Read the citation for each recipient in our announcement, or visit the award pages below.



Guy Medals

Named after William Augustus Guy, the British medical statistician. The Bronze and Silver medals are awarded annually and the Gold medal is awarded every two years

Bradford Hill Medal

Awarded to a fellow for outstanding or influential contributions to medical statistics

Howard Medal

Awarded to those who have contributed to the field of social statistics

Greenfield Industrial Medal

Recognising contributions of statistical science to all aspects of manufacturing industry

The Barnett Award

Established in memory of Vic Barnett, recognising outstanding contributions to the field of environmental statistics

Honorary Fellowship

Awarded to individuals of great eminence working in fields related to statistics who are not necessarily or primarily members of the statistical profession

Wood Medal

Established in memory of the statistician Frances Wood OBE (1883–1919), recognising contributions to economic or social statistics

Chambers Medal

Awarded to a fellow who has not held or been elected to the office of President, for outstanding services to the Society

Research Prize

Awarded to a fellow of the Society near the beginning of their research career for an outstanding published contribution to statistical theory or application

West Medal

Awarded for outstanding contributions to the development or communication of official statistics

Mardia Prize

Created to bring together statisticians with other scientists through workshops in emerging interdisciplinary areas

David G Kendall Award

Jointly awarded by the RSS and Bernoulli Society this award is named in honour of David G Kendall, the first president of the Bernoulli Society and the 1981 RSS Guy Medallist in Gold.