Portrait of Adrian Smith

The Alan Turing Institute2020

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

Head and shoulders portrait of Adrian Smith, elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2001 and President (PRS) in 2020.

Sir Adrian Smith is a distinguished statistician, for which he was elected a Fellow in 2001. Alongside his outstanding academic record, he has a wealth of experience of working with government and leading word-class research institutes, such as Queen Mary University of London, where he was Principal (1998 - 2008); the University of London, where he was Vice-Chancellor (2012-18); and The Alan Turing Institute (2018 to present).

As the Director and Chief Executive of the Turing – the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence – he leads an organisation at the forefront of science that is shaping the future.

He has a strong track record of promoting science for the public good, both in his current role at the Turing Institute and when he was Director General for Knowledge and Innovation (2008-12) in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (now BEIS). In his time there, he played an instrumental role in securing a flat cash settlement for science in the 2010 government Comprehensive Spending Review – a major success at a time when most sectors were suffering cuts. It was the start of a process that has seen the government commit to increased investment in UK R&D.

He is a long-time advocate for STEM education and encouraging more girls to study mathematics. He led a 2002-4 inquiry into post-14 maths education, and in 2016-18, led a review of maths teaching for 16 to 18-year-olds, both for the Department for Education.

Cited from: https://royalsociety.org/news/2020/11/sir-adrian-smith-becomes-president-royal-society/


  • Title: Portrait of Adrian Smith
  • Creator: The Alan Turing Institute
  • Date Created: 2020
  • Location Created: The Alan Turing Institute, London, United Kingdom
  • Rights: ©2021 The Alan Turing Institute
  • Scientist: Sir Adrian Smith PRS
  • Field: Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research, Medical statistics and demography

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