| United Kingdom|
| 15 July 1924 (age 91)
Birmingham, England (1924-07-15) |
Royal Aircraft Establishment
Wool Industries Research Association
University of Cambridge
Birkbeck College, London
Imperial College, London
Nuffield College, Oxford
St John's College, Cambridge
University of Leeds
Basilio de Braganca Pereira
Walter L. Smith
Gauss Moutinho Cordeiro
Cox proportional hazards model
Design of experiments
Analysis of binary data
Fellow of the Royal Society
Guy Medal (Silver, 1961) (Gold, 1973)
George Box Medal (2005)
Copley medal (2010)
St John's College, Cambridge, University of Leeds
Guy Medal, Copley Medal, R. A. Fisher Lectureship, George Box Medal, Kettering Prize
Theoretical statistics, analysis of binary data, The Theory of Stochasti, The statistical analysis, Principles of Statistical
David Cox (statistician) Wikipedia
Sir David Roxbee Cox (born 15 July 1924) is a prominent British statistician.
Cox was born in Birmingham. His father was a die sinker and part-owner of a jewellery shop, and they lived near the Jewellery Quarter. He attended Handsworth Grammar School. Cox studied mathematics at St John's College, Cambridge and obtained his PhD from the University of Leeds in 1949, advised by Henry Daniels and Bernard Welch.
He was employed from 1944 to 1946 at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, from 1946 to 1950 at the Wool Industries Research Association in Leeds, and from 1950 to 1956 worked at the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. From 1956 to 1966 he was Reader and then Professor of Statistics at Birkbeck College, London. In 1966, he took up the Chair position in Statistics at Imperial College London where he later became head of the mathematics department. In 1988 he became Warden of Nuffield College and a member of the Department of Statistics at Oxford University. He formally retired from these positions in 1994.
Cox has received numerous honorary doctorates, including from Heriot-Watt University in 1987. He has been awarded the Guy Medals in Silver (1961) and Gold (1973) of the Royal Statistical Society. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1973, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1985 and became an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy in 2000. He is a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. In 1990, he won the Kettering Prize and Gold Medal for Cancer Research for "the development of the Proportional Hazard Regression Model." In 2010 he was awarded the Copley Medal of the Royal Society "for his seminal contributions to the theory and applications of statistics." He is also the first ever recipient of the International Prize in Statistics.
He has supervised, collaborated with, and encouraged many younger researchers now prominent in statistics. He has served as President of the Bernoulli Society, of the Royal Statistical Society, and of the International Statistical Institute. He is an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College and St John's College, Cambridge, and is a member of the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford.
He has made pioneering and important contributions to numerous areas of statistics and applied probability, of which the best known is perhaps the proportional hazards model, which is widely used in the analysis of survival data. An example is survival times in medical research that can be related to information about the patients such as age, diet or exposure to certain chemical substances. The Cox process was named after him.
He has won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category jointly with Bradley Efron, for the development of “pioneering and hugely influential” statistical methods that have proved indispensable for obtaining reliable results in a vast spectrum of disciplines from medicine to astrophysics, genomics or particle physics.
In 1947, Cox married Joyce Drummond. They have four children and two grandchildren.