David Heron (28 April 1881 - 4 November 1969) was a Scottish statistician[1] who was president of the Royal Statistical Society from 1947–1949.

He was born in Perth and studied Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at the University of St Andrews.[1]

He was Karl Pearson's research assistant.[2] Later he became a fellow at the Eugenics Laboratory of University College London.[3]

In 1906 he published "On the relation of fertility in man to social status".

In 1915 he became chief statistician for the London Guarantee & Accident Company, an insurance company. During the Second World War, he was Director of Statistics for the Ministry of Food.[1]

He was married to Ethel Medwin from 1916 until her death in 1959.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Pearson, E. S (1970). "David Heron, 1881-1969". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A (General). 133 (2): 287–291. JSTOR 2343714.
  2. ^ Wooldridge, Adrian (2006). Measuring the Mind: Education and Psychology in England C.1860-c.1990 (2 ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 78. ISBN 9780521026185.
  3. ^ Soloway, Richard A. (2014). Demography and Degeneration: Eugenics and the Declining Birthrate in Twentieth-Century Britain. UNC Press Books. p. 14. ISBN 9781469611198.