Paul Fearnhead
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
Scientific career
InstitutionsLancaster University
ThesisSequential Monte Carlo Methods in Filter Theory (1998)
Doctoral advisorPeter Clifford
Other academic advisorsPeter Donnelly

Paul Fearnhead is the Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Lancaster University. He is a researcher in computational statistics, in particular Sequential Monte Carlo methods. His interests include changepoint analysis, sampling theory and genetics – he has published several papers working on the epidemiology of campylobacter by looking at recombination events in a large sample of genomes. Since January 2018 he has been the editor of Biometrika.[1]


Fearnhead won the Adams Prize in 2007.[2]

In 2007 he also won the Guy Medal in Bronze of the Royal Statistical Society.


  1. ^ "Biometrika". Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ "2007 Adams Prize winner announced". 27 July 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2010.