Sir Bernard Silverman FRS

Independent Researcher and Professor of Modern Slavery Statistics

Sir Bernard Silverman is a statistician whose research has ranged widely across theoretical and practical aspects of statistics. He is recognized as a pioneer of computational statistics, researching the ways that computing power has changed our ability to collect, analyze, understand and utilize data. From 2010 to 2017 he worked full time as Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office. He is now freelance, with roles including research, charity trusteeship, consultancy, and advice to Government. His main research activity is now in modern slavery, building on his work for the Home Office in producing the first scientific estimate of the prevalence of modern slavery in the UK. He is a member of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Advisory Panel and the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Modern Slavery, and holds a part-time appointment as Professor of Modern Slavery Statistics at the University of Nottingham.