Bernard Silverman

Silverman in 2008
Born (1952-02-22) 22 February 1952 (age 71)
London, England[1]
EducationCity of London School[2]
Alma materCambridge University
Known fordensity estimation, nonparametric regression, functional data analysis
AwardsMayhew Prize (1974)
Smith's Prize (1976)
Gold Medal International Mathematical Olympiad
Guy Medal (Bronze, 1984) (Silver, 1997)
COPSS Presidents' Award (1991)
Fellow of the Royal Society
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
ThesisData Analysis: Some Theory and Practice (1978)
Doctoral advisorD. G. Kendall

Sir Bernard Walter Silverman, FRS, FAcSS (born 22 February 1952) is a British statistician and former[3] Anglican clergyman. He was Master of St Peter's College, Oxford, from 1 October 2003 to 31 December 2009. He is a member of the Statistics Department at Oxford University, and has also been attached to the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and the Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance. He has been a member of the Council of Oxford University and of the Council of the Royal Society.[4] He was briefly president of the Royal Statistical Society in January 2010, a position from which he stood down upon announcement of his appointment as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office.[5] He was awarded a knighthood in the 2018 New Years Honours List, "For public service and services to Science".[6]


Silverman was educated at the City of London School,[2] an independent day school in Central London, from 1961 to 1969, on a Carpenter Scholarship (similar to today's full bursary),[7] followed by Jesus College at the University of Cambridge.[7]


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Degrees and qualifications

Awards and honours

Ecclesiastical career

Silverman was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1999 and as a priest in 2000.[10] From 1999 to 2005, he was an honorary assistant curate of Cotham Parish Church in the Diocese of Bristol.[10] Between 2005 and 2009, he held Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of Oxford.[10] Then, from 2009 to 2015, he was an honorary assistant curate of St Giles' Church and St Margaret's Church, Oxford.[10] From 2015 to 2022, he held Permission to Officiate in both the Diocese of Oxford and in the Diocese of London.[10] He renounced his orders in 2022.[3]



  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "City of London School - Old Citizens". City of London School. Archived from the original on 9 May 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b Silverman, Bernard (30 December 2022). "Resignation from Ministry in the Church of England" (PDF).
  4. ^ Council for 2008/9 of the Royal Society
  5. ^ "New Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser announced". Home Office Press Office. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  6. ^ Official 2018 New Years Honours List
  7. ^ a b "Q & A with Sir Bernard Silverman". John Carpenter Club. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Rights Lab". University of Nottingham. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  9. ^ "No. 62150". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2017. p. N2.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Bernard Walter Silverman". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 19 May 2017.

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Academic offices Preceded byJohn Barron Master of St Peter's College, Oxford 2003–2009 Succeeded byMark Damazer