Philip Dawid is Emeritus Professor of Statistics of the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. He is a leading proponent of Bayesian statistics.

Dawid has made fundamental contributions to both the philosophical underpinnings and the practical applications of statistics. His theory of conditional independence is a keystone of modern statistical theory and methods, and he has demonstrated its usefulness in a host of applications, including computation in probabilistic expert systems, causal inference, and forensic identification. Dawid was lecturer in statistics at University College London from 1969 to 1978. He was subsequently Professor of Statistics at City University, London until 1981, when he returned to UCL as a reader, becoming Pearson Professor of Statistics there in 1982. He moved to the University of Cambridge where he was appointed Professor of Statistics in 2007, retiring in 2013.