Valerie S. Isham
Born1947 (age 74–75)
Alma materImperial College London
AwardsGuy Medal (Bronze, 1990)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity College London
Doctoral advisorDavid Cox

Valerie Susan Isham (born 1947) is a British applied probabilist and former President of the Royal Statistical Society. Isham's research interests in include point processes, spatial processes, spatio-temporal processes and population processes.

Education and career

Isham went to Imperial College London (B.Sc., Ph.D.) where she was a student of statistician David Cox.[1] She has been a professor of probability and statistics at University College London since 1992.


Isham is the coauthor with Cox of the book Point Processes (Chapman & Hall, 1980).[2]


Isham was the president of the Royal Statistical Society for 2011–2012. She was awarded its Guy Medal in Bronze in 1990.[3][4] In 2018 she received the Forder Lectureship from the London Mathematical Society and the New Zealand Mathematical Society.


  1. ^ Valerie Isham at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Reviews of Point Processes: J. D. Biggins (1981), Math. Gaz., doi:10.2307/3615757, JSTOR 3615757; D. J. Daley, Zbl 0441.60053; Fergus Daly (1991), JRSSA, doi:10.2307/2983051, JSTOR 2983051; Paul T. Holmes (1983), JASA, doi:10.2307/2288675, JSTOR 2288675; David Vere-Jones (1982), MR0598033
  3. ^ "RSS President". Royal Statistical Society. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Professor Valerie Isham". Department of Statistics, University College London. Retrieved 26 January 2011.