Our History

Honors and Awards

Honorary Life Members

Honorary Life Members are Regular Members elected by Representative Council to the status of Honorary Life Members of the Society. Honorary Life Members have all the rights and privileges of a Regular Member but are exempt from the payment of annual dues. The announcement of the newly elected Honorary Life Member, if any, is made by the President at the International Biometric Conference.

Honorary Life Membership

Year Name Region
1964 Chester Ittner Bliss (1899-1979) Eastern North American Region
1964 Gertrude Mary Cox (1900-1978) Eastern North American Region
1971 Gustavo Barbensi (1875-1974) Italian Region
1971 George W. Snedecor (1881-1974) Eastern North American Region
1971 Frank Yates (1902-1994) British & Irish Region
1975 Arthur Linder (1904-1993) Austro-Swiss Region
1976 William G. Cochran (1909-1980) Eastern North American Region
1978 Erna Weber (1897-1988) Region of the German Democratic Republic
1984 David J. Finney (1917-2018) British & Irish Region
1985 C. R. Rao Eastern North American Region
1998 Peter Armitage British & Irish Region
1998 Pierre Dagnelie Belgian Region
2001 David Cox British & Irish Region
2003 Rob Kempton (1946-2003) British & Irish Region
2004 L.C.A. Corsten The Netherlands Region
2006 John Ashworth Nelder (1924-2010) British & Irish Region
2006 Norman E. Breslow (1941-2015) Western North American Region
2008 Niels Keiding Nordic Baltic Region
2010 Robert N. Curnow British & Irish Region
2012 Susan Wilson Australasian Region
2014 Lutz Edler German Region
2014 Roger Mead (1938-2015) British & Irish Region
2014 Byron Morgan British & Irish Region
2016 Kaye Basford Australasian Region
2016 Peter Bauer Austro-Swiss Region
2016 Thomas Louis Eastern North American Region
2018 Marie Davidian Eastern North American Region
2018 Hans C. van Houwelingen The Netherlands Region
2018 Martin Schumacher German Region
2018 Alan H. Welsh Australasian Region
2020 Warren J. Muller Australasian Region

IBS Awards

Two of the Society’s most revered Awards are given in even numbered years to coincide with the International Biometric Conference. These are the Rob Kempton Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Biometry in the Developing World and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the IBS.

Rob Kempton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Biometry in the Developing World

The International Biometric Society has bestowed the Rob Kempton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Development of Biometry in the Developing World since 2006. In addition to the Recognition Award, recipients of the Awards will receive IBS dues for the next calendar year.

Aim - To honor the contributions of IBS members to the development of biometry in the developing world.

Prize - Recognition Award, IBS dues for the next calendar year (which may be donated to a member of an economically developing nation).

Eligible - Any IBS member who has made or is making significant contributions to the development of biometry in the developing world.

Application - Through nomination by a Regional President or Network Coordinator with support from IBS members from at least two other Regions. Full application instructions may be found here (PDF).

Timetable - Nomination deadline is 6 March of the year of the IBC.

Rob Kempton Award Recipients

  • 2020 – Henry G. Mwambi (South African Region)
  • 2018 – Jim Todd (British & Irish Region/ Tanzanian Region)
  • 2016 – Kaye Basford (AR)* - listed as winner on /6092-2/
  • 2016 – Jane Hutton (British & Irish Region)
  • 2014 – No award was given
  • 2012 – Paul Janssen (Belgian Region)
  • 2010 – Clarice G. B. Demétrio (Brazilian Region)
  • 2008 – Larry Nelson (Central American-Caribbean Region)
  • 2006 – Sagary Kaku Nokoe (Group Nigeria) 

Nominations and letters of support for the award should be sent to Alison Kelly, Chair,  Representative Council. If you would like a sample nomination, please contact the International Biometric Office.

Regional Presidents or Network Coordinators may submit a nomination of Regular members. Each nomination must be sponsored by at least two Regular members from other Regions.  A statement of support of the nomination should be submitted in editable text by the sponsors. The Representative Council will be informed of all valid nominations received. The announcement of the Awards shall be made by the President at the International Biometric Conference. Representative Council will make the final decision on all award winners. 

Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the IBS

 

The International Biometric Society has bestowed Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Development of the IBS since 2006. In addition to the Recognition Award, recipients of the Award will receive IBS dues for the next calendar year.

Aim - To honor the contributions of IBS members to the development of the society, and to promote the participation of members in the development of the society.

Prize - Recognition Award, IBS dues for the next calendar year.

Eligible - Any IBS member who has made or is making significant contributions to the development of the IBS.

Application - Through nomination by a Regional President or Network Coordinator with support from IBS members from at least two other Regions. Full application instructions may be found here (PDF).

Timetable - Nomination deadline is 6 March of the year of the IBC.

 

Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the IBS

  • 2020 – Motomi (Tomi) Mori (Western North American Region)
  • 2016 – Jane Hutton (British & Irish Region) 
  • 2014 – Linda J. Young (Eastern North American Region)
  • 2012 – Marie Davidian (Eastern North American Region)
  • 2010 – Geert Molenberghs (Belgian Region)
  • 2008 – Laurence Freedman (Eastern Mediterranean Region)
  • 2006 – Andrew Mead (British & Irish Region)

Nominations and letters of support for the award should be sent to Alison Kelly, Chair,  Representative Council. If you would like a sample nomination, please contact the International Biometric Office.

Regional Presidents or Network Coordinators may submit nominations of Regular members. Each nomination must be sponsored by at least two Regular members from other Regions. A statement of support of the nomination should be submitted in editable text by the sponsors. The Representative Council will be informed of all valid nominations received. The announcement of the Awards shall be made by the President at the International Biometric Conference. The Representative Council will make the final decision on all award winners.

Best Paper in Biometrics by an IBS Member

The award is given by the IBS biennially to one Biometrics paper from each of the previous two years identified by the co-editors as being of the highest quality and importance.

  • 2020 – Andrew G. Chapple and Peter F. Thall | Title: A hybrid Phase I-II/III clinical trial design allowing dose re-optimization in Phase III (75: 371-381, 2019)
  • 2020 – John D. Rice, Robert L. Strawderman, and Brent A. Johnson | Title: Regularity of a renewal process estimated from binary data (74: 566-574, 2018)

Best Paper in JABES by an IBS Member

The award is given by the IBS biennially to one JABES paper from each of the previous two years.

  • 2020 – Matthew J. Heaton | Title: A case study competition among methods for analyzing large spatial data 24: 398-425 (2019)
  • 2020 – Erin Schliep | Title: Joint temporal point pattern models for proximate species occurrence in a fixed area using camera trap data 23: 334-357 (2018)