Lindley, Dennis

McConway, Kevin (2017). Lindley, Dennis. In: Balakrishnan, N.; Colton, T.; Everitt, B.; Piegorsch, W.; Ruggeri, F. and Teugels, J. eds. Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.



Dennis Lindley (1923–2013) was a leading figure in Bayesian statistics and an important leader of British and international statistics in the second half of the twentieth century. His statistical career began in the wartime British Civil Service. He held academic posts at the University of Cambridge and (as head of department) at the University of Aberystwyth and at University College London. He retired early from UCL in 1977, but continued a very active career as a researcher, speaker, and consultant. Lindley's conversion to subjective Bayesian statistics was gradual at first and in line with his lifelong desire to provide a firm foundation for statistical inference and decision making. By the mid‐1960s, he was one of the firmest proponents of Bayesian statistics, with a reputation for a certain nonpersonal belligerence in debate. Apart from key contributions to Bayesian foundations, inference, and decision theory, he worked in applied areas, notably forensic statistics, the law, and medical decision analysis, and also (in his early career) in stochastic processes.

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