Ethel Newbold Prize

Ethel Newbold Prize – Web Page Announcement

We are pleased to announce the approval by the Bernoulli Society Council of the Ethel Newbold Prize in statistics. The name recognizes a historically important role of women in statistics. The prize itself is for excellence in statistics without reference to the gender of the recipient. The Ethel Newbold Prize is generously supported by Wiley.


The Ethel Newbold Prize is to be awarded biannually to an outstanding statistical scientist for a body of work that represents excellence in research in mathematical statistics, and/or excellence in research that links developments in a substantive field to new advances in statistics.

In any year in which the award is due, the prize will not be awarded unless the set of all nominations includes candidates from both genders.

The award consists of the prize amount of 2500€ together with an award certificate.

The awardee will be invited to present a talk at a following Bernoulli World Congress, Bernoulli-sponsored major conference, or ISI World Statistics Congress.

Call for Nominations

The Bernoulli Society welcomes nominations for the Ethel Newbold Prize. Each nomination should include a letter outlining the case in support of the nominee, along with a curriculum vitaeNominations as well as any inquiries about the award should be sent to Oddbjorg Wethelund, Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.The deadline for accepting nominations is November 30, 2016

The Prize Committee

The awarding of the prize is determined by the Newbold Prize Committee, a three-person committee of members of the Bernoulli Society. The Newbold Prize Committee members are appointed by the President for a term of six years, with one member rotating off the committee each two years. The first Newbold Prize Committee members will have terms of six, four and two years, respectively. No member shall serve for more than eight years. The Chair of the Prize Committee is appointed by the President.

About Ethel Newbold

Ethel May Newbold (1882 – 1933) was an English statistician and the first woman to be awarded the Guy Medal in Silver by the Royal Statistical Society, in 1928. During her short academic career (1921 – 1930) she published 17 papers in statistics and subject matter journals.

After obtaining her undergraduate degree from Cambridge University, she taught school for two years, and then worked for the Ministry of Munitions from 1919 – 1929, which is where her interest in statistics developed. She obtained her MSc and PhD from the University of London in 1926 and 1929, respectively.

Most of her published work was undertaken when she was a member of the National Institute of Medical Research, as the member of a committee appointed by the Medical Research Council to co-ordinate and supervise medical and industrial statistical inquiries. The Guy Medal was awarded for her paper “Practical applications of statistics of repeated events, particularly to industrial accidents” (Newbold, 1927), which was the first to give a theoretical treatment of compound Poisson distributions, for the analysis of accident data in industry.

This information is abstracted from her obituary (Greenwood, 1933).

Greenwood, M. (1933). Journal of the Royal Statistical Society96, No. 2, 354 – 357.

Newbold, E. M. (1927). Journal of the Royal Statistical Society90, No 3, 487  547.


Previous Ethel Newbold Prize winners

The first Ethel Newbold Prize was awarded to Judith Rousseau at the ISI World Statistics Congress 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.



The Newbold Prize Committee


Eva B. Vedel Jensen (chair)

Claudia Klüppelberg

Jon A. Wellner

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