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Sir Richard Peto FRS (born 14 May 1943) is Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, England.[2]

Richard Peto
Born (1943-05-14) 14 May 1943 (age 74)
Nationality United Kingdom
Alma mater Queens' College, University of Cambridge
Known for meta-analysis, Peto's paradox, log-rank test, Peto's method
Awards Guy Medal (Silver, 1986)
Gairdner Foundation International Award (1992)
Prince Mahidol Award (2000)
Royal Medal (2002)
Weldon Memorial Prize (2003)
Heineken Prize for Medicine (2008)[1]
Scientific career
Fields Medical Statistics, Clinical Trials, Epidemiology of Smoking.
Institutions Green Templeton College, Oxford University
Influences Richard Doll

He attended Taunton's School in Southampton and subsequently studied Natural Sciences at Queens' College, Cambridge University. His career has included collaborations with Richard Doll beginning at the Medical Research Council Statistical Research Unit in London. He set up the Clinical Trial Service Unit (CTSU) in Oxford in 1975 and is currently co-director.

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989 for his contributions to the development of meta-analysis. He is a leading expert on deaths related to tobacco use. He was knighted for his services to epidemiology and to cancer prevention in 1999, and he received an honorary Doctor of Medical Sciences degree from Yale University in 2011.[3][4]

His brother Julian Peto, with whom he has published work in mathematical statistics (e.g. on the logrank test), is also a distinguished epidemiologist. His family runs a Thai restaurant in Oxford's Covered Market, of whose parent company he is a director.[5]

Peto's paradox is named after him.


  1. ^ Knottnerus, J. A. (2008). "The Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine 2008 awarded to Sir Richard Peto". Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde. 152 (41): 2216–2218. PMID 19009807. 
  2. ^ Mann, C. (1990). "Richard Peto: Statistician with a Mission". Science. 249 (4968): 479. doi:10.1126/science.249.4968.479. PMID 17735279. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Sir Richard Peto". University of Oxford. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Yale University: Honorary Degrees". USA: Yale University. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sasi's Thai". Find The Company. UK. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 

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