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The Papers of Professor David Kendall

Reference Code: GBR/0014/KNDL

Scope and Contents

This small collection mostly relates to Kendall's research and work on mathematical statistics. There are also some personal research papers about the mountaineer Rev. Charles Hudson.


  • Creation: 1951 - 2001

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Professor Kendall was born on 15 January 1918, the son of Fritz Ernest Kendall and Emmie Taylor. In 1952 he married Diana Louise Fletcher, they had two sons and four daughters, one of whom is Bridget Kendall (Diplomatic Correspondent for the BBC). Kendall attended Queen’s College, Oxford (graduating in 1943 and made an Honorary Fellow in 1985). He also became a Doctor of Science at Oxford in 1977 and a Doctor of Science at Cambridge in 1988. Kendall was Professor of Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge 1962-1985 and was a Fellow of Churchill College since 1962. Professor Kendall gave lectures all over the world particularly China and the USA. He was a member of various academic societies and associations. Professor Kendall died in October 2007.

Professor Kendall has been awarded a number of prizes including the Guy Medal in Silver, Royal Statistical Society (1955), the Weldon Memorial Prize and Medal for Biometric Science (1974), the Sylvester Medal, Royal Society (1976), the Whitehead Prize, London Mathematical Society (1980), the Guy Medal in Gold, Royal Statistical Society (1981), and the De Morgan Medal, London Mathematical Society (1989).

His publications inlcude "Mathematics in the Archaeological and Historical Sciences" (joint editor, 1971), "Stochastic Analysis" (joint editor, 1973), "Stochastic Geometry" (joint editor, 1974), "Analytic and Geometric Stochastics" (editor, 1986).


7 archive box(es) : paper

Language of Materials



This collection has been arranged into 6 broad series.

Other Finding Aids

Copies of this finding aid are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

These papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in various accessions by Professor Kendall. The first accession was in 1985.


This fonds (collection) level description was prepared by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2003. Biographical information was obtained from Who's Who 1897-1996 (A&C Black) and the papers.


Kendall, David George, 1918-2007, Professor of Mathematical Statistics

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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