Frank Coolen

Department of Mathematical Sciences, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK

+44/0 191 334 3048

first-name [dot] surname [at] durham [dot] ac [dot] uk

We are trained to recognize and avoid unconscious bias, yet conscious bias is the real evil, it is all around us and nothing is done against it.

List of publications

Nonparametric Predictive Inference: NPI webpage

Survival Signatures for System Reliability: Survival Signatures webpage

Mathematical Methods for Reliability: MMR webpage

Mathematical Genealogy: Ancestors


I am supervising the following students for PhD (unless mentioned differently) at Durham, or they are due to start their studies as mentioned.


Past Students

These students have successfully completed their PhD studies (unless mentioned otherwise) at Durham under my supervision.

External Students

I collaborate(d) with these students in part of their PhD (or MSc) research.




I am very happily married to Tahani Coolen-Maturi, a frequent victim of conscious bias.


My beloved wife Pauline died in 2008 - remember Pauline, she is with me.

Webpage: Pauline Coolen-Schrijner (picture 2004) (picture 1994)

Tribute to Pauline in Journal of Risk and Reliability

`In searching out the truth be ready for the unexpected, for it is difficult to find and puzzling when you find it' (Heraclitus)