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Professor Mardia receives Samuel S Wilks Award

12 August 2013

Professor Kanti Mardia has been awarded the prestigious Samuel S Wilks Award by the American Statistical Association, the first person in the UK to receive the award in its 50 year history.

The Samuel S. Wilks Award, one of the ASA's most prestigious, was established in 1964 to honor the memory and distinguished career of Samuel S. Wilks.

The Wilks Memorial Award is bestowed upon a distinguished individual who has made statistical contributions to the advancement of scientific or technical knowledge, ingenious application of existing knowledge, or successful activity in the fostering of cooperative scientific efforts that have been directly involved in matters of national defense or public interest.

The citation reads: "For extensive work covering a wide span of applied and theoretical research, including  seminal results in shape analysis, spatial statistics, multivariate analysis, directional data analysis and bioinformatics with special applications to  geostatistics, image analysis and protein structure; for the international dissemination of statistical thought and  innovative ideas through research publications, presentations, books, monographs, the establishment and running  of annual research workshops and interdisciplinary centers; and for his insightful guidance of  future generations of statisticians."