Adrian Smith (academic)

Adrian Smith (academic)

Adrian Frederick Melhuish Smith FRS is a distinguished British statistician and Principal of Queen Mary, University of London. He was previously at Imperial College, London where he was head of the Mathematics Department. He is a member of the governing body of the London Business School and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. He served on the Advisory Council for the Office of National Statistics from 1996–1998, was Statistical Advisor to the Nuclear Waste Inspectorate from 1991–1998 and was advisor on Operational Analysis to the Ministry of Defence from 1982–1987. He is a former President of the Royal Statistical Society. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. His FRS citation included "his diverse contributions to Bayesian statistics. His monographs are the most comprehensive available and his work has had a major impact on the development of monitoring tools for clinicians."

He is a proponent of Bayesian statistics and evidence-based practice—a general extension of evidence-based medicine into all areas of public policy. He led the team which produced the Smith Report on secondary mathematics education in the United Kingdom. He wrote an influential paper in 1990 along with Alan Gelfand (statistician), which drew attention to the significance of the Gibbs sampler technique for Bayesian numerical integration problems. Smith was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge and University College London where his PhD supervisor was Dennis Lindley.

It was announced on April 16, 2008 that Professor Adrian F.M. Smith has been appointed as the new Director General of Science and Research at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). He will take up his post in September 2008.


A.E. Gelfand and A.F.M. Smith. "Sampling-Based Approaches to Calculating Marginal Densities". J. American Statistical Association, 85:398-409, 1990.

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* [ Making Mathematics Count (Smith report)] There is a photograph at
* [ F M Smith] on the [ Portraits of Statisticians] page.

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