International Prize in Statistics


Awarded biennially at the ISI World Statistics Congress, the International Prize in Statistics is stewarded and managed by a foundation comprising representatives of the five major statistical organizations working cooperatively to develop this prestigious award: the American Statistical Association; Institute of Mathematical Statistics; International Biometric Society; International Statistical Institute; and Royal Statistical Society.

C.R. Rao, a professor whose work more than 75 years ago continues to exert a profound influence on science, has been awarded the 2023 International Prize in Statistics.

Previous winners of the prize

Professor emerita Nan Laird
Winner of the 2021 International Prize in Statistics
2021: Professor emerita Nan Laird

Nan Laird, Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of Biostatistics (Emerita) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is recognized for her work on powerful methods that gave researchers the tools they needed to answer important questions in health, medicine, psychology and more. This jump-started a field known as “random effects modeling for longitudinal data analysis,” and the methods Laird introduced in 1982 are still the most widely used techniques in both observational studies and clinical trials today.

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United States
Professor Bradley Efron
Winner of the 2019 International Prize in Statistics
2019: Professor Bradley Efron

The International Prize in Statistics has been awarded to Bradley Efron, professor of statistics and biomedical data science at Stanford University, in recognition of the ‘bootstrap’, a method he developed in 1977 for assessing the uncertainty of scientific results that has had extraordinary impact across many scientific fields.

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United States
Sir David Cox
Winner of the 2017 International Prize in Statistics
2017: Sir David Cox

Prominent British statistician Sir David Cox has been named the inaugural recipient of the International Prize in Statistics. Dr. Cox is a giant in the field of statistics, but the International Prize in Statistics Foundation is recognizing him specifically for his 1972 paper in which he developed the proportional hazards model that today bears his name.

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United Kingdom
Nan Laird International Prize in Statistics Lecture 2021
The 2021 International Prize in Statistics