Peter McCullagh

Peter McCullagh FRS (born 8 January 1952) is an Irish statistician and John D. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Chicago.[1]

Peter McCullagh
Born (1952-01-08) 8 January 1952[1]
Alma mater
Known forMcCullagh's parametrization of the Cauchy distributions
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
ThesisAnalysis of Ordered Categorical Data. (1977)
Doctoral advisor
Doctoral students


McCullagh is from Plumbridge, Northern Ireland. He attended the University of Birmingham and completed his PhD at Imperial College London, supervised by David Cox and Anthony Atkinson.[2]


McCullagh is the coauthor with John Nelder of Generalized Linear Models (1983, Chapman and Hall – second edition 1989), a seminal text on the subject of generalized linear models (GLMs) with more than 23,000 citations. He also wrote "Tensor Methods in Statistics", published originally in 1987.

Awards and honours

McCullagh is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He won the COPSS Presidents' Award in 1990. He was the recipient of the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal in Bronze in 1983 and in Silver in 2005.

He was also the recipient of the inaugural Karl Pearson Prize of the International Statistical Institute, with John Nelder, "for their monograph Generalized Linear Models (1983)".[3] He won a Notable Alumni Award in 2007 from his grammar school, St Columb's College.


  1. "McCULLAGH, Prof. Peter". Who's Who. 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. Peter McCullagh at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. "The inaugural Karl Pearson Prize". The International Statistical Institute. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
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