(Photograph by Denise Till)

The Fisher Memorial Trust was set up to promote interest in the life and work of the great statistician, evolutionary biologist and geneticist, Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher (1890-1962) and to maintain his scientific legacy by encouraging discussion of the scientific fields in which he was active.

Charity Commission charity number 313536

Society | Representative | Position |

Biometric Society | Prof Rosemary Bailey | |

Biometric Society | Prof Vern Farewell*** | |

Biometric Society | Mr Andrew Mead * | |

Genetics Society | Prof Brian Charlesworth, FRS | |

Genetics Society | Prof Adam Eyre-Walker | Treasurer |

Royal Society | Sir Walter Bodmer, FRS | Chairman |

Royal Statistical Society | Prof Peter Diggle ** | |

Royal Statistical Society | Prof Stephen Senn | Secretary |

Report for 2016

I | Dr. F. Yates | 23.3.66 | Computers, the second revolution in statistics. |

II | Dr. R. R. Race | 6.3.68 | Blood groups in human genetics |

III | Prof. E. A. Cornish | 3.9.69 | Developments from the Fisher-Cornish expansions. |

IV | Prof. K. Mather | 18.12.70 | Biometrical genetics. |

V | Prof. G. A. Barnard | 19.9.72 | Statistical inference and its historical development |

VI | Prof. L. L. Cavalli-Sforza | 24.6.74 | Cultural versus biological evolution |

VII | Prof. R. Hide | 17.11.77 | Motions in planetry fluids |

VIII | Prof. D. J. Finney | 20.9.78 | Bioassay and the practice of statistical inference |

IX | Prof. J. Maynard Smith | 19.3.81 | The evolution of the sex ratio |

X | Prof. J. H. Bennett | 3.6.81 | R. A. Fisher and The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection |

XI | Prof. S. Karlin | 20.4.83 | Kin selection and altruism |

XII | Prof. D. R. Cox | 5.4.84 | Regression and the design of experiments |

XIII | Prof. S. M. Stigler | 22.9.86 | Francis Galton and the unravelling of the normal world |

XIV | Prof. G. E. Box | 23.3.88 | Quality improvement, an expanding domain for the application of scientific method |

XV | Sir Walter Bodmer | 23.3.90 | Genetic sequences |

XVI | Prof. D. Lindley | 17.9.92 | Statistics of the market place |

XVII | Prof. A. J. Jeffereys | 16.8.93 | Molecular sleuthing: the story of genetic fingerprinting |

XVIII | Dr. A. W. F. Edwards | 20.10.94 | Fiducial inference and the fundamental theorem of natural selection |

XIX | Prof. M. J. R. Healy | 3.4.95 | The life and work of Frank Yates |

XX | Prof. J. A. Nelder | 5.9.96 | Computers and statistics: the continuing revolution. |

XXI | Sir John Kingman | 16.11.98 | Mathematics of genetic diversity: before and after DNA. |

XXII | Prof. B Efron | 12.9.00 | The essential Fisher |

XXIII | Sir Richard Doll | 29.10.01 | Proof of causality: Deductions from epidemiological evidence |

XXIV | Dr. Oliver Mayo | 26.06.02 | The realisation of Fisher's research programme |

XXV | Prof. Warren Ewens | 7.04.03 | Statistics and the transformation from genetics to genomics |

XXVI | Prof. Adrian Smith | 8.09.04 | Towards an Evidence-Based Society: the Role of Statistical Thinking |

XXVII | Prof. E.A.Thompson | 4.12.06 | 1953: an unrecognized summit in Human Genetic Linkage Analysis |

XXVIII | Prof. R.A. Bailey | 15.07.08 | Design of dose-escalation trials |

XXIX | Prof B Charlesworth and Prof D Charlesworth | 6.01.10 | Fisher and Modern Evolutionary Genetics |

XXX | Prof Philip Dawid | 10.11.11 | Causal inference from experimental data |

XXXI | Prof Peter Donnelly | 14.11.12 | Genetic Variation in Human Health and Disease |

XXXII | Prof David Spiegelhalter | 3.07.13 | Putting life into numbers: the highs and lows of communicating statistics to the public |

XXXIII | Prof Bill Hill | 8.01.14 | Applying quantitative genetic and genomic information to animal improvement |

XXXIV | Prof Peter McCullagh | 27.10.15 | Empirical phenomena and universal laws |

XXXV | Prof Nancy Reid | 27.10.16 | Statistical science and data science: where do we go from here? |

XXXVI | Prof Stephen Senn | 04.09.17 | And thereby hangs a tail: the strange history of P-values |

XXXVII | Prof Joe Felsenstein | 04.01.2018 | Is there a more fundamental theorem of natural selection? |

The ability to genotype thousands of SNPs at moderate cost has been utilised in methods of genomic selection or genomic prediction, which predict the genetic value of individuals for a trait based on SNP genotypes. This method is revolutionising animal and plant breeding and will be important in human medicine, for instance in personalised medicine.

The RA Fisher Digital Archive University of Adelaide

Figures from the history of statistics Site maintained by John Aldrich

A Guide to R.A. Fisher Specific Fisher guide maintained by John Aldrich

Sir Ronald Aylmer Fisher MacTutor History of Mathematics Biography

Ronald Aylmer Fisher Monash University Fisher pages

COPSS Awards Fisher Lecture of the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (Wikipedia page)

Chance, risk and healthOpen University series of 4 podcasts on RA Fisher and his legacy

Page of quotations from the works of Fisher collected by Anthony Edwards

This page last updated 13 June 2017

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