History of Statistics Section


The History of Statistics Section was formed in September 2010. The section aims to promote the statistical literacy through the use of history. The group provides a forum for the dissemination and discussion of topics concerning the history of statistics, which can be achieved through an annual programme of meetings. It is concerned with the history of statistical methods and probability, historical data and the lives of statisticians and other individuals who contributed to the development and growth of statistics and probability.


The aims of the group are to

  • Bring together the various groups and individuals who have an active interest in the history of statistics
  • Hold a minimum of one annual one-day event on a topic on the history of statistics and to publish the proceedings. To hold any shorter meetings which may be considered appropriate
  • Contribute and present as appropriate to the programme of the annual RSS Conference


Chair: Eileen Magnello
Vice chair: John Aldrich
Secretary: Cecilia Lanata Briones
Meeting secretary: Peter Smith

Committee members

Lisa Bud-Frierman
Leo Cremonezi
Wallace Ferguson
Mike Hughes
Alison Macfarlane
Sam Randalls (co-opted)
Mark Casson (co-opted)
Claire Gormley (Council representative)

Future meetings

See our events calendar for upcoming meetings: statslife.org.uk/history-of statistics-section

News and meeting reports

Find out the latest news and reports from our meetings.

Additional information

Annual Report 2018
Twitter: @HistoryofStats
Facebook: History of Stats
Mailing list: History of Statistics