David Spiegelhalter is an enthusiastic communicator who takes statistics and turns them into fascinating stories about calculating risk in order to live our lives better.
David began his career studying maths and went on to make a name for himself in medical statistics - particularly the use of Bayesian methods in clinical trials, health technology assessment and drug safety. He was Senior Scientist in the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit and gave evidence to the Shipman Inquiry as well as leading the statistics team in the enquiry into activities at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.
As the Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk he has been given the freedom to expand his studies to learn more about public and personal risk and to communicate his findings in wider society. He is dedicated to improving the way risk and uncertainty are understood and works closely with the Millennium Mathematics Project to spread understanding of statistics in schools.
He advises organisations on risk communication, and is a regular newspaper columnist on current risk issues.
He is the author of The Norm Chronicles with Michael Blastland, a brilliantly mad and highly readable book packed with numbers and stories from the masters of risk. He also writes a blog called understanding uncertainty.
He was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to medical statistics and is a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and the Royal Society.
Testimonial for The Norm Chronicles: "Helping people make sense of the barrage of confusing (and often misrepresented) statistics that riddle every day is a noble goal. Making the process enjoyable is a real achievement." - The Economist
Testimonial for The Norm Chronicles: "Witty and illuminating, The Norm Chronicles is essential reading for anyone wanting to know whether they should try skydiving, or accept that third glass of wine." - Orlando Bird, Financial Times