David Bartholomew is Professor of Statistics (Emeritus) of the London School of Economics. He originally studied at University College London, then worked as a scientist for the National Coal Board before becoming a lecturer in statistics at the University of Keele in 1957. He became a Senior Lecturer at Aberystwyth in 1960, then Professor of Statistics at the University of Kent in 1967. He moved to the London School of Economics in 1973. He was president of the Royal Statistical Society 1993 – 1995, and chairman of the Science and Religion Forum 1997 – 2000.