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I am a Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Bath.


My office is 4W5.9 (directions). You can call me at +44 (0) 1225 386992 or fax me at +44 (0) 1225 383436. My email address is jjf23@bath.ac.uk. You can also send me a letter at

Department of Mathematical Sciences,
University of Bath,
Bath, BA2 7AY

You can read my blog or find me on Twitter at @julianfaraway


I got my B.A. in Mathematics (1982) and Diploma in Mathematical Statistics (1983) from University of Cambridge. I have a PhD in Statistics (1987) from the Department of Statistics, University of California, Berkeley. I used to work at the Department of Statistics, University of Michigan (1987-2006).


I’ve written two books:

I am also joint editor of the Chapman and Hall/CRC Texts in Statistical Science Series in which these books appear. If you have an idea or proposal for a Statistics textbook, please contact me.

Perhaps you have questions about the books?


I am interested in the analysis of functional and shape data with particular application to the modelling of human motion. I have developed new methods that have been used in ergonomics and biomechanics to help design the interiors of new vehicles and construct safe and productive workplaces. I have also developed new methods for shape change modelling which have been used to describe facial motion. These have been used to evaluate and plan surgery for children with cleft lip and palate.

I am interested more generally in the interface between the theory and application of Statistics. I have worked on a wide range of statistical problems ranging over astronomy, athletics, concrete, cosmetics, fungicides, fuel filters, marketing of cars, obesity and schizophrenia. I have also served as a consultant to industry on statistical issues.

Here are my publications which can also be seen on my Google Scholar page. Please contact me if you are interested in working on a PhD in any of these research areas.