Henry Ellis Daniels

Born(1912-10-02)2 October 1912
Died16 April 2000(2000-04-16) (aged 87)
Known forThe Parry-Daniels map
Spouse(s)Barbara Pickering (m. 1950)

Henry Ellis Daniels FRS[1] (2 October 1912 – 16 April 2000)[2][3] was a British statistician. He was President of the Royal Statistical Society (1974–1975), and was awarded its Guy Medal in Gold in 1984, following a silver medal in 1947. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1980. The Parry-Daniels map is named after him (together with the English mathematician Bill Parry).[3][4]

Daniels' family was Jewish, of Russian (partly Polish and partly Lithuanian) origin.[5] He was educated at George Heriot's School.[5] He subsequently graduated from the University of Edinburgh (M.A. Hons. 1933[citation needed], PhD 1943)[6] and went on to further study at Clare College, Cambridge (B.A. 1935).[7] In 1957, he became the first Professor of Mathematical Statistics at the University of Birmingham.[2] He stayed at the university till his retirement in 1978. After retirement, he went to Cambridge and lived there until his death.[8] He died at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, having suffered a "massive stroke" at breakfast time the previous day.[1] His funeral was officiated, at his request, by a humanist.[1]

The watchmaker George Daniels (no relation) enlisted Daniels' help with the equations required for the design of his Space Traveller's Watch.[2]

In 1950, Daniels married Barbara Pickering; together, they had two children.[1]

Selected publications by Daniels


  1. ^ a b c d Cox, D. (2003). "Henry Ellis Daniels. 2 October 1912 – 16 April 2000". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 49: 133–146. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2003.0008. S2CID 68973246.
  2. ^ a b c "Obituaries: Henry Daniels, Edwin J. Redfern". Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series D. 50 (2): 213–215. 2001. doi:10.1111/1467-9884.00273.
  3. ^ a b Whittle, P. (1993). "A Conversation with Henry Daniels". Statistical Science. 8 (3): 342–353. doi:10.1214/ss/1177010911.
  4. ^ Henry Daniels at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ a b "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/74126. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  6. ^ Daniels, H. E. (1943). On the strength distribution of bundles of threads, and its asymptotic approximation (PDF) (Thesis).
  7. ^ "DANIELS, Prof. Henry Ellis". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. Vol. 2018 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) (subscription required)
  8. ^ Whittle, Peter (4 May 2000). "Obituary: Henry Daniels". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 September 2013.