Bernard Silverman is a statistician whose research has ranged widely across theoretical and practical aspects of statistics, especially computational statistics, researching the ways that computing power has changed our ability to collect, analyse, understand and utilise data. He has held chairs at Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Nottingham Universities, and has collaborated in many areas of science, industry and government.
He was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office 2010-2017 and is now Chair of the Geospatial Commission. His other current roles include work on modern slavery, security, official statistics, and science and technology for policy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and was knighted in 2018 “For Public Service and services to Science”.