The Institute of Statisticians was a British professional organization founded in 1948 to protect the interests of professional statisticians. It was originally named The Association of Incorporated Statisticians Limited, but this was later changed. The Institute was formed after the Royal Economic Society prevented a 1947 extension to the Royal Charter of the Royal Statistical Society which would have allowed it to carry out examinations.
The Institute of Statisticians attempted to obtain a Royal Charter of its own in 1978 and this led to discussions with the Royal Statistical Society about a possible merger. Talks foundered over disagreement on how to arrange the various membership categories. Within a few years, however, the talks were revisited and, on 1 January 1993, the two organisations merged, becoming simply the Royal Statistical Society.
From 1950 the Institute published a journal, first called The Incorporated Statistician (ISSN 14669404) then renamed The Statistician (ISSN 0039-0526) in 1962, before being subsumed into the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society as Series D upon the merger in 1993.
- "History of the Royal Statistical Society". Archived from the original on 6 January 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
- Royal Statistical Society Centre for Statistical Education description Archived 20 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Princeton University library record of the Institute's publishing
- JSTOR history of the Institute's journal