Fisher Memorial Trust

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

Committee members

Society Representative Position
Biometric Society Prof Rosemary Bailey
Biometric Society Prof John Gower
Biometric Society Prof Mike Kenward*
Genetics Society Prof Brian Charlesworth, FRS
Genetics Society Prof Adam Eyre-Walker Treasurer
Royal Society Sir Walter Bodmer, FRSChairman
Royal Statistical Society Sir David Cox, FRS
Royal Statistical Society Prof Stephen SennSecretary
* Replaced Chris Glasbey 1 November 2013








Window at Gonville & Caius College Cambridge

(Photograph by Denise Till)

The Fisher Memorial Lectures

IDr. F. Yates 23.3.66 Computers, the second revolution in statistics.
IIDr. R. R. Race6.3.68Blood groups in human genetics
IIIProf. E. A. Cornish3.9.69Developments from the Fisher-Cornish expansions.
IVProf. K. Mather18.12.70Biometrical genetics.
VProf. G. A. Barnard19.9.72Statistical inference and its historical development
VIProf. L. L. Cavalli-Sforza24.6.74Cultural versus biological evolution
VIIProf. R. Hide17.11.77Motions in planetry fluids
VIIIProf. D. J. Finney20.9.78Bioassay and the practice of statistical inference
IXProf. J. Maynard Smith19.3.81The evolution of the sex ratio
XProf. J. H. Bennett3.6.81R. A. Fisher and The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection
XIProf. S. Karlin20.4.83Kin selection and altruism
XIIProf. D. R. Cox5.4.84Regression and the design of experiments
XIIIProf. S. M. Stigler22.9.86Francis Galton and the unravelling of the normal world
XIVProf. G. E. Box23.3.88Quality improvement, an expanding domain for the application of scientific method
XVSir Walter Bodmer23.3.90Genetic sequences
XVIProf. D. Lindley17.9.92Statistics of the market place
XVIIProf. A. J. Jeffereys16.8.93Molecular sleuthing: the story of genetic fingerprinting
XVIIIDr. A. W. F. Edwards20.10.94Fiducial inference and the fundamental theorem of natural selection
XIXProf. M. J. R. Healy3.4.95The life and work of Frank Yates
XXProf. J. A. Nelder5.9.96Computers and statistics: the continuing revolution.
XXISir John Kingman16.11.98Mathematics of genetic diversity: before and after DNA.
XXIIProf. B Efron12.9.00The essential Fisher
XXIIISir Richard Doll29.10.01Proof of causality: Deductions from epidemiological evidence
XXIVDr. Oliver Mayo26.06.02The realisation of Fisher’s research programme
XXVProf. Warren Ewens7.04.03Statistics and the transformation from genetics to genomics
XXVIProf. Adrian Smith8.09.04Towards an Evidence-Based Society: the Role of Statistical Thinking
XXVIIProf. E.A.Thompson4.12.061953: an unrecognized summit in Human Genetic Linkage Analysis
XXVIIIProf. R.A. Bailey15.07.08Design of dose-escalation trials
XXIX Prof B Charlesworth and
Prof D Charlesworth
6.01.10Fisher and Modern Evolutionary Genetics
XXXProf Philip Dawid10.11.11Causal inference from experimental data
XXXIProf Peter Donnelly14.11.12Genetic Variation in Human Health and Disease
XXXIIProf David Spiegelhalter3.07.13Putting life into numbers: the highs and lows of communicating statistics to the public
XXXIIProf Bill Hill8.01.14Applying quantitative genetic and genomic information to animal improvement

Most recent lecture

The 33rd Fisher Memorial Lecture was given by Prof Bill Hill of the University of Edinburgh on the subject of Applying quantitative genetic and genomic information to animal improvement on Wednesday, 8 January 2014, as part of the PopGroup47 Population genetics group meeting.

Next lecture

The 34th Fisher memorial lecture

The next Fisher Memorial Lecture will be given in Oxford by Professor Peter McCullagh of the University of Chicago The date, exact venue and title will be announced in due course.

Links


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 Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Awards (including Fisher lecture)

Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies list of Fisher lecturers History of the COPSS Awards

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

Fisher memorabilia

The committe are interested to establish an index of Fisher memorabilia. If anybody has knowledge of the whereabouts of any Fisher memorabilia or is interested in learning of their whereabouts, please contact the secretary Stephen Senn stephen@senns.demon.co.uk or any member of the committee.

This page last updated 21 June 2014

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