David Spiegelhalter Speaker

David Spiegelhalter

Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge

David Spiegelhalter: Biography highlights

David Spiegelhalter has made it his life’s work to understand and communicate risk and uncertainty. He is a first-class speaker who turns statistics into information you can use in your daily life. When you hear him speak you will both be entertained and understand the world better. He can also make an audience laugh out loud.

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David Spiegelhalter’s Background

  • Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication – Cambridge University
  • Author of best-selling The Art of Statistics: Learning from Data
  • Awarded an OBE in 2006 and knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics

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. He advises organisations and government agencies on risk communication and is a regular media commentator on statistical issues, with a particular focus on communicating uncertainty.

He presented the BBC4 documentaries “Tails you Win: the Science of Chance”, the award-winning “Climate Change by Numbers”, and in 2011 came 7th in an episode of BBC1’s Winter Wipeout. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005, and knighted in 2014 for services to medical statistics.

He was President of the Royal Statistical Society for 2017-2018. His bestselling book, The Art of Statistics, was published in March 2019.


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The Economist

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.

For The Art of Statistics David Spiegelhalter is probably the greatest living statistical communicator; more than that, he's one of the great communicators in any field. This marvellous book will transform your relationship with the numbers that swirl all around us. Read it and learn. I did.

Tim Harford
presenter of 'More or Less' and author of 'The Undercover Economist'
Financial Times

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.

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