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Celebrating Statistics: UCL GOS ICH honours Professor Harvey Goldstein on his 80th Birthday

23 October 2019

Celebrating Statistics: UCL GOS Institute of Child Health honours Professor Harvey Goldstein on his 80th Birthday with prestigious lecture and seminar. Prof Goldstein to give the Otto Wolff lecture, following a symposium exploring statistical methods on Wednesday 30th October.

Professor Harvey Goldstein

The UCL GOS Institute of Child Health (ICH) PPP Department is delighted to announce a seminar celebrating the work of Professor Harvey Goldstein, visiting Professor at ICH, visiting Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Professor of Social Statistics at Bristol University. Harvey is an outstanding, internationally recognised pioneering statistician whose work has impacted on statistical methodology, education, child growth and much more.

Harvey first came to UCL in 1961, to undertake a Masters degree following the award of a BSc(Hons) in Mathematics at Manchester University. In 1964 he was appointed Lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, and one of his first articles (Change of human chromosome count distribution with age: evidence for a sex difference) was published in the prestigious journal Nature. During his time at ICH he made important contributions to the statistical analysis of data on child growth and development. His work on longitudinal modelling led to the creation of LGROW, freely available software for calculating child growth norms.

His first chair was at London University’s Institute of Education, where he became (in 1977) Professor of Statistical Methods. He became interested in the use of statistical modelling techniques in the construction and analysis of educational tests. He also had (and still has!) an interest in the area of 'educational (school) effectiveness', being involved in a number of longitudinal studies of 'value added indicators' for comparing institutions and the use of such indicators for school improvement purposes, and blogging about OFSTED, and private schools networks in Africa (https://harveygoldstein.co.uk/). His 1996 paper, “League tables and their limitations: statistical issues in comparisons of institutional performance” remains a key piece of research on the ‘metrics’ of education. He has materially influenced Government policy in this area.

In 1986 he published his seminal Biometrika paper Multilevel mixed linear model analysis using iterative generalized least squares,  and much of his later work has extended this methodology. Multilevel modelling is now widely recognised as an important statistical tool, and his contribution to it has been highly influential. He has also encouraged its wider use by producing the popular software MLwiN (with Jon Rasbash), writing a book (Multilevel Statistical Models 4th Edition, 2011) which has more than 10,000 citations, and providing training and education materials.

In 2005 he moved to Bristol to become Professor of Social Statistics, and around the same time he took up a joint Professorship in Statistics held between ICH and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Recent work, largely in collaboration with Bill Browne, James Carpenter and Mike Kenward, has been developing methods for handling missing data and measurement error using Bayesian modelling and latent normal transformations.

Professor Goldstein was recently joint editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A , he has been a member of the Society's Council twice and was awarded the Society's Guy medal in silver in 1998. He was elected a member of the International Statistical Institute in 1987, and a fellow of the British Academy in 1996. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University in 2001.

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