David John Finney was Professor of Statistics and Director of the Statistics Department at the University of Edinburgh. He read mathematics and statistics at Cambridge University from 1934 to 1938. In 1945 he took up the post of lecturer in the design and analysis of scientific experiments at Oxford University. Finney became involved in drug safety in the 1960s and worked with the World Health Organisation to develop pharmacovigilance and advised UK medicine safety groups. In 1981 Finney became a founding member of the World Cultural Council which seeks to promote the cultural enrichment of mankind.


  • Date of interview: November 2009
  • Archive reference: OBJ/ORA/1/15
  • Interviewer: J P Vandenbroucke


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