James Durbin FBA (30 June 1923 23 June 2012) was a British statistician and econometrician, known particularly for his work on time series analysis and serial correlation. He was educated at St John's College, Cambridge where his contemporaries included David Cox and Denis Sargan. He joined the London School of Economics in 1950 and was appointed professor of statistics in 1961, a post he held until his retirement in 1988. He served as president of the International Statistical Institute in 19835 and of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) in 19867. In 2008 he was awarded the highest distinction of the RSS, the Guy Medal in Gold (having previously been awarded both the Silver and Bronze medals). The citation read: He died on 23 June 2012.