Peter McCullagh

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Peter McCullagh
Born (1952-01-08) 8 January 1952 (age 70)[1]
Nationality Irish
Fields Statistics
Institutions University of Chicago
Alma mater
Thesis Analysis of Ordered Categorical Data. (1977)
Doctoral advisor
Doctoral students
  • Chih-Rung Chen
  • David Clifford
  • Gauss Cordeiro
  • Harry Crane
  • Melinda Drum
  • Su-Yeon Kim
  • John Kolassa
  • Bing Li
  • Zhenming Shun
  • Zhiqiang Tan
  • Ernst-Jan Wit
  • Jie Yang
  • Qi-Yu Zhang[2]
Known for McCullagh's parametrization of the Cauchy distributions
Notable awards

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]


McCullagh is originally 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.[citation needed]

Awards and honours

McCullagh is a member 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. 1.0 1.1 McCULLAGH, Prof. Peter. Who's Who. 2015 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription required)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Peter McCullagh at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. "The inaugural Karl Pearson Prize". The International Statistical Institute. Retrieved 8 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>