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Saturday, 18 June 2016


Thomas H. Leonard

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Thomas H. Leonard
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Thomas H. Leonard
Devon, UK
Alma materImperial College London
University College London
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Warwick (1972 - 1980)
University of Wisconsin-Madison(1979 - 1996)
University of Edinburgh (1995 - 2001)
Doctoral advisorDennis Lindley
Thomas Hoskyns Leonard (born 1948) is a British statistician and author. Originally from Devon, he studied for and obtained a doctorate in Statistics at the University of London. He went on to work at the University of Warwick and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, before taking up the Chair of Statistics at the University of Edinburgh.
In 1972, Leonard co-founded the Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick with P.Jeffrey Harrison and Robin Reed, where he helped to design the undergraduate MORSE degree in Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics and Economics.[1]
During Leonard's tenure(1980-1995) in the Department of Statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,[2][3][4] he is reported as improving the Bayesian components of both the teaching and research programs, with his colleagues Kam Wah Tsui and Michael Newton
Retiring in 2001, he still lives in Edinburgh and continues to write on and engage with statistics.[5]
Leonard has published on the Bayesian approach to categorical data analysis, as well as on function smoothing and prior informative density estimation, conditional Laplacian approximations for marginal inference and prediction, and the statistical modelling of log covariance matrices. He is also known for his work concerning the applications of Bayesian methodology in geophysics, medicine, psychometrics and the provision of statistical expertise in legal cases.[6] He was one of the founders, in 1992, of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, alongside Arnold Zellner and Gordon Kaufman,[7] and has published a history of the Bayesian approach.[8]
Leonard is the co- author of Bayesian Methods: An analysis for Statisticians and Interdisciplinary Researchers with John S. J. Hsu[9][10][11] and author of the sci-fi socio-political satire 'The Grand Oligarchs of Qinsatorix'.[12]
Leonard's collaboration at the University of Edinburgh with Ian Main, Orestis Papasouliotis and their co-authors led to several publications in Geophysics[13][14]
During December 2016, Leonard's interview by Diego Andres Peres Ruiz was published by the Bulletin of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.[15]


  1. Jump up^ "The Histories of Mathematics & Statistics at Warwick" (PDF).
  2. Jump up^ "Wisconsin History, Dept of Statistics" (PDF).
  3. Jump up^ "UW Department of Statistics Celebrates 50 Years | Amstat News" Retrieved 2016-12-18.
  4. Jump up^ "50Th ANNIVERSARY DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS University of Wisconsin".
  5. Jump up^ "Thomas Leonard - Biography"StatsLifeaccessed 25 December 2015
  6. Jump up^ "Thomas Leonard - Biography"StatsLifeaccessed 25 December 2015
  7. Jump up^ "ISBA History and Meetings"accessed 25 December 2015
  8. Jump up^ Leonard, A Personal History of Bayesian Statistics
  9. Jump up^ Leonard, Thomas; Hsu, John S. J. (1999-01-01). Bayesian Methods: An Analysis for Statisticians and Interdisciplinary Researchers. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521004145.
  10. Jump up^ "John S.J. Shu" Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  11. Jump up^ "Bayesian Methods - Cambridge University Press" Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  12. Jump up^ Leonard, Thomas (2016-12-12). THE GRAND OLIGARCHS OF QINSATORIX. Thomas Hoskyns Leonard.
  13. Jump up^ "One slope or two? Detecting statistically significant breaks of slope in geophysical data, with application to fracture scaling relationships (PDF Download Available)"ResearchGate. Retrieved 2017-01-23.
  14. Jump up^ "T Leonard, The University of Edinburgh - ResearchGate" Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  15. Jump up^ "Interview with Thomas Leonard" (PDF)ISBA Bulletin -The official bulletin of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis: 11–20. 2016.


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