Richard Smith, PhD

Professor Department of Biostatistics
Mark L. Reed III Distinguished Professor Department of Statistics and Operations Research
Director Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute

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303 Hanes Hall

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Richard L. Smith is the Mark L. Reed III Distinguished Professor of statistics, and holds a joint position as professor of biostatistics. He obtained his doctoral degree from Cornell University in 1979 and has previously held academic positions at Imperial College (London), the University of Surrey (Guildford, England) and Cambridge University.

His principal areas of research are spatial statistics, time series analysis, extreme value theory and Bayesian statistics. Specific areas of expertise include spatial and time series modeling of environmental pollutants, the health effects of atmospheric pollution, the statistics of global climate change, and extreme values in insurance and finance.

Dr. Smith is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and has won the Guy Medal in Silver of the Royal Statistical Society and the Distinguished Achievement Medal of the Section on Statistics and the Environment, American Statistical Association. In 2004 he was the J. Stuart Hunter Lecturer of The International Environmetrics Society (TIES). He also is a chartered statistician of the Royal Statistical Society.

Representative Courses

Time Series and Multivariate Analysis (STOR 754)


PhD, Operations Research, Cornell University, 1979

BA, Mathematics, Oxford University, 1975