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The Royal Statistical Society is one of the oldest statistical societies in the world.  The table below gives some of the key milestones in our history.

1833 The British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA) creates a statistics section, following a presentation by the Belgian statistician Adolphe Quetelet to fellows, including Thomas Malthus and Charles Babbage.
1834 The statistical section of British Association establishes a Statistical Society. First officer and Council elected, with Marquis of Lansdowne as President.
1838 Publication of a Journal.
1840 Prince Albert becomes the Society's Royal Patron.
1858 Florence Nightingale is the first elected female.
1887 The Society is granted a Royal Charter and becomes the Royal Statistical Society (RSS).
1928 Formation of the first study group (an early version of the Society's sections).
1930s Leading fellows include the economist J.M. Keynes and Sir William Beveridge, the intellectual godfather of the British welfare state.
1934 The publication of a supplemental journal on statistical methodology, which becomes a series in its own right in 1948.
1947 The Society's attempt to gain a supplemental charter to allow professional examinations is blocked by the Royal Economic Society.
1948 Society's first conference is held at St Hugh's College, Oxford. The Institute of Statisticians (IOS), an organisation dedicated to the interests of professional statisticians is formed.
1993 RSS and IOS merge, retaining the title of the Royal Statistical Society.

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