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Institute of Applied Data Science



Professor Sir Adrian Smith to take up presidency of the Royal Society

6 May 2020

Professor Sir Adrian Smith
Professor Sir Adrian Smith
Professor Sir Adrian Smith has been confirmed as President Elect of the Royal Society. He will take up the post of President on 30 November 2020 and will continue his leadership of The Alan Turing Institute as Director.

Howard Covington, Chair of The Alan Turing Institute said:

‘This is an immensely prestigious appointment for Adrian and thoroughly deserved. It reflects both his enormous contribution to statistical sciences and his many leadership roles in the UK’s scientific community. It also recognises the central position of data science and artificial intelligence within our scientific ecosystem.’

Adrian Smith is a distinguished statistician, for which he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. Alongside his outstanding academic record, he has a wealth of experience of working with government and leading word-class research institutes. Former to his role at The Alan Turing Institute, he was Vice-Chancellor at the University of London (2012-18) and was Principal here at Queen Mary University of London (1998 – 2008) .

He has a strong track record of promoting science for the public good, both in his current role at the Turing and when he was Director General for Knowledge and Innovation (2008-12) in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (now BEIS). In his time there, he played an instrumental role in securing a flat cash settlement for science in the 2010 government Comprehensive Spending Review – a major success at a time when most sectors were suffering cuts. It was the start of a process that has seen the government commit to increased investment in UK R&D.

Our congratulations to Sir Adrian!