David John Hand
30 June 1950
|Alma mater||University of Oxford (BA)|
University of Southampton (PhD)
|Awards||Guy Medal (2002)|
George Box Medal (2016)
Imperial College London
Winton Capital Management
|Thesis||The Classification of Incomplete Vectors (1977)|
|Doctoral advisor||Bruce Godfrey Batchelor|
David John Hand(born 30 June 1950 in Peterborough) is a British statistician. His research interests include multivariate statistics, classification methods, pattern recognition, computational statistics and the foundations of statistics. He has written technical books on statistics, data mining, finance, classification methods, and measuring wellbeing, as well as science popularisation books including The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day; Dark Data: Why What You Don’t Know Matters; and Statistics: A Very Short Introduction. In 1991 he launched the journal Statistics and Computing.
Hand was educated at the University of Oxford and the University of Southampton where he was awarded a PhD in 1977 for research supervised by Bruce Godfrey Batchelor.
Hand served as professor of statistics at the Open University from 1988 until 1999, when he moved to Imperial College London, where he is now[when?] Emeritus Professor of Mathematics. Between 2010 and 2018 he took an extended sabbatical to serve as chief scientific advisor at Winton Capital Management. He served as president of the Royal Statistical Society from 2008 to 2009, then again in 2010 after Bernard Silverman stood down.
Hand has published 31 books, inter alia:
Hand has published over 300 scientific articles, inter alia:
Hand has received various awards for his work, including being elected Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1999, the Guy Medal in Silver of the Royal Statistical Society in 2002, the IEEE ICDM Outstanding Contributions Award in 2004, the Credit Collections and Risk Award for Contributions to the Credit Industry in 2012, the George Box Medal for Business and Industrial Statistics in 2016, and the International Federation of Classification Societies Research Medal in 2019. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to research and innovation. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2003.
In April 2013 until June 2021 he served on the board of the board of the UK Statistics Authority as a non-executive director and served on the European Statistical Advisory Committee, advising the European Commission from 2016-2021. He chaired the Administrative Data Research Network from 2014-2017 and serves on many other advisory committees, including chairing the Advisory Board of the ONS’s Centre for Applied Data Ethics and the National Statistician's Expert User Advisory Committee.