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David Spiegelhalter: Doesn’t like Hunt’s use of statistics

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4795 (Published 07 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4795

Biography

David Spiegelhalter, 63, is Winton professor for the public understanding of risk at the University of Cambridge and the man who put the fun into funnel plots. A statistician, he cut his teeth on the Kennedy inquiry into deaths at Bristol Royal Infirmary and has made important contributions to understanding and presenting risk. He is the author of Sex by Numbers, a statistician’s take on the eternal theme. He may be the only participant in the TV programme Winter Wipeout to have subsequently been knighted. He also claims to be world champion at Loop, a version of pool played on an elliptical table with a single pocket.

What was your earliest ambition?

I wanted to be a racing driver. I was obsessed with cars and would have loved Top Gear. And apart from having poor coordination, slow reflexes, and a tendency to …

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