Speaker: Professor Kevin Schürer FAcSS FRGS (University of Leicester)
Title: Richard III by Numbers:How Forensic Statistics Nailed the Identity of the ‘Last Plantagenet
Abstract: The story of how the body of Richard III was discovered in a Leicester Car Park went global in 2013. The discovery and subsequent identification of the skeleton of Richard III beyond any reasonable doubt, was a triumph of multidisciplinary teamwork. What is less well known is that statistical methods used in forensics and many other disciplines were used by the Leicester Research Team to bring all this evidence together to declare these were the mortal remains of the 'last Plantagenet'. In this talk Professor Schürer will describe the fascinating step by step story of how the team used forensic statistical methods.These underpinned the multidisciplinary detective work to link Richard’s body with his present day relatives that led to the reinternment of England’s re-discovered lost monarch.
Venue: Centre For Medicine - Lecture Theatre 2 @ University of Leicester