The Weldon Memorial Prize for 2008 has been awarded to Professor Peter Donnelly, FRS, FMedSci, Professor of Statistical Science in the Department of Statistics and Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford.
The prize is awarded, "without regard to nationality or membership of any University to the person who, in the judgement of the electors, has, in the ten years next preceding the date of the award, published the most noteworthy contribution to the development of mathematical or statistical methods applied to problems in Biology. (Biology shall, for the purposes of this clause, be interpreted as including Zoology, Botany, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, and Medical Science.)"
Previous winners of the prize include: R.A. Fisher, E.S. Pearson, J.B.S Haldane, Mahalanobis, Sewall Wright, Motoo Kimura, M.S. Bartlett, D.G. Kendall, Robert May, D.R. Cox, John Maynard Smith, Warren Ewens, and Richard Peto.
The prize commemorates the memory of Walter Frank Raphael Weldon FRS (1860-1906), former Linacre Professor of Comparative Anatomy at the University of Oxford. Weldon was a Zoologist of distinction and one of the leading early biometricians.
For more information on Prof Donnelly's research, click here.