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Christopher Michael Bishop

7 April 1959 (1959-04-07) (age 62)
Alma mater
Known for Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (PRML) book
  • Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (2008)
  • Turing Lecture (2010)
Scientific career
Fields Machine learning
Thesis The semi-classical technique in field theory: some applications (1983)
Doctoral advisor
Doctoral students
  • Neil Lawrence
  • Danielle Belgrave

Christopher Michael Bishop (born 7 April 1959) FRS FRSE FREng is the Laboratory Director at Microsoft Research Cambridge, Honorary Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. Bishop is a member of the UK AI Council. He was also recently appointed to the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.


Bishop obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from St Catherine's College, Oxford, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Edinburgh, with a thesis on quantum field theory supervised by David Wallace and Peter Higgs.

Research and career

Bishop's research investigates machine learning by allowing computers to learn from data and experience.

Written works

Bishop is the author of two highly cited and widely adopted machine learning text books: Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition (1995) and Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (2006).

Awards and honours

Christoper Bishop Royal Society
Chris Bishop at the Royal Society admissions day in London, July 2017

Bishop was awarded the Tam Dalyell prize in 2009 and the Rooke Medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011. He gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2008 and the Turing Lecture in 2010. Bishop was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 2004, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2007, and Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017.

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