Elected: 1948
Discipline: Informatics, Mathematics and Statistics
Dr Derrick Norman Lawley FRSE
Derrick Lawley, one of our most senior Fellows, died on 27 February 2012. An outstanding mathematician, with over 60 papers to his name, he was a pioneer in various difficult aspects of multivariate statistical inference.

His engineer father had an inventive streak, and Derrick’s talents showed early. Years at Charterhouse led to an Open Scholarship to Clare College Cambridge, and First-class graduation in 1937.

His early employment as a statistician with the distinguished Scottish School of Educational Research at Moray House, Edinburgh, involved him not only in problems of standardising mental tests (The Moray House Test) but also in the vast topic of factor analysis. As a consequence of this association with the late Sir Godfrey Thomson, he became an authority on this field of statistics, a status that not only earned him a DSc but also, in 1948, brought him election to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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