Jonathan Tawn
Alma materUniversity of Surrey
Imperial College London
Spouse(s)Julia Tawn (m. 1988)
ChildrenNicholas Tawn
Georgina Tawn
AwardsGuy Medal in Bronze (1993)
Scientific career
InstitutionsLancaster University
University of Surrey
University of Sheffield
Doctoral advisorRichard L. Smith

Jonathan Tawn is Professor of Statistics at Lancaster University. He is one of the leading researchers in Extreme value theory, looking into both methods and applications in areas such as oceanography, hydrology, and climatology.


Tawn received a BSc in Mathematics from Imperial College London in 1985 and a PhD in Statistics from the University of Surrey in 1988, under the supervision of Richard L. Smith.[1]

After four years at the department of Probability and Statistics at Sheffield, Tawn joined Lancaster University in 1992 as a senior lecturer, and was promoted to professor in 1996.

In 2001 he was selected as one of the twenty "Faces of Mathematics", a project looking into the lives of some of the UK's most influential researchers in Mathematics.[2]

Tawn was singled out by the journal Nature in 2015 for his research on the design of ship hatches.[3]


Tawn was the recipient of the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal in Bronze in 1993, and in 2015 was the inaugural winner of the society's Barnett Award for outstanding contribution to the field of Environmental Statistics.[4]


  1. ^ "Jonathan Tawn - The Mathematics Genealogy Project". 2016-07-27. Retrieved 2016-09-07.
  2. ^ "Faces of Mathematics: Jonathan Tawn". 2001-07-27. Retrieved 2016-09-07.
  3. ^ "Impact singled out for recognition - Lancaster University". 2015-03-25. Retrieved 2016-09-07.
  4. ^ "previous-recipients-of-Society-awards 2016" (PDF). 2016-07-27. Retrieved 2016-09-07.