Elected: 1955
Discipline: Informatics, Mathematics and Statistics
Professor David John Finney CBE FRS FRSE

Emeritus Professor of Statistics, University of Edinburgh.

David John Finney, the eldest of three brothers, was born in Latchford Without (Cheshire), near Warrington, on 3 January 1917.
Until the age of four Finney gained much from being an only child. Taught the three Rs by his mother, by the time he was five he found reading a pleasure.
At primary school, thanks to his mother’s early efforts, Finney was soon in classes with children two or three years older than him. Five years after going to Lymm Grammar School he became a pupil at Manchester Grammar School, where he remained for three years to complete his secondary education. (He always remembered gratefully the altruistic suggestion of W B S Hawkins, the Headmaster at Lymm, that a change of school would afford him greater opportunities.) Read more about David Finney