Sir Richard Peto, FRS
(born 1943) is Professor of Medical Statistics
at the University of Oxford
He attended Taunton's School in Southampton and subsequently studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.
His career has included important collaborations with Richard Doll beginning at the Medical Research Council Statistical Research Unit in London.
He set up the Clinical Trial Service Unit (CTSU) in Oxford in 1975 and is currently co-director.
He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989 for his contributions to the development of meta-analysis. He is a leading expert on deaths related to tobacco use.
His brother Julian Peto, with whom he has published work in mathematical statistics (see Logrank test), is also a distinguished epidemiologist.