Guy Medals


Guy Medals are 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.

Guy Medal in Gold

The Guy Medal in Gold is a ‘lifetime achievement’ award given to a fellow of the Society judged to have merited distinction by innovative contributions to the theory or application of statistics.

2020 recipient: Sir David Spiegelhalter

Professor Spiegelhalter was awarded the Guy Medal in Gold 2020 for his outstanding contributions to the methodology, application and public understanding of statistical science, probability and risk.

Guy Medal in Silver

The Guy Medal in Silver is awarded to a fellow of the Society in respect of a paper or papers of special merit communicated to the Society at its discussion meetings. Other contributions to statistics may also be considered.

2021 recipient: Håvard Rue 

Awarded for his substantial and signifiant contributions in the area of efficient and scalable computational techniques for the data analyst's toolbox; specifically the theory underpinning the INLA (integrated nested Laplace approximation) software.

Guy Medal in Bronze

The Guy Medal in Bronze is awarded to a fellow of the Society in respect of excellent work presented to any conference or meeting run by the Society or published in any of the Society’s journals. 

2021 recipient: Pierre E Jacob

Awarded for his innovative and fundamental contributions to Bayesian and computational statistics, including the paper 'Unbiased Markov chain Monte Carlo with couplings' (with J O'Leary and Y Atchade) which introduces new solutions to the long-standing problem of how to remove bias from MCMC estimators.

Read the full citations of the 2021 Guy Medal recipients.