University of Cambridge

David George Kendall (1918-2007)

David Kendall

Memorial Service

A memorial service for Professor David Kendall will be held at Great St Mary's Church at 2.00pm on Friday 7th March 2008. The service will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity for reminiscences, from 3.30pm at Churchill College. Those wishing to come to the event at Churchill College are asked to inform Mrs Felicity Russell, the Bursar's Assistant, if possible by 22nd February ( or 336212).

Professor David Kendall died peacefully on 23 October 2007. David joined the Statistical Laboratory from Magdalen College, Oxford in 1962 as our first Professor of Mathematical Statistics. He was a founder member of the new Department of Pure Mathematical and Mathematical Statistics, created in 1964 with the amalgamation of statistics and pure mathematics. He was elected to a Fellowship at Churchill College, and his links to Churchill and to the Laboratory remained strong following his retirement in 1985 from his University post. David's work on probability and statistics earned him a reputation worldwide as a scientist of the greatest distinction. He will be remembered by his colleagues and students with warmth and respect. Our sympathy and thoughts are with his wife Diana and their family.

Please also see The Independent, Thursday 1 November 2007 and The Times Online, Thursday 21 November 2007