Professor Booth was born and raised in England, and obtained his undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Leeds in 1982. He completed a PhD in statistics at the University of Kentucky in 1987 under the supervision of Joseph Gani and Richard Kryscio. After graduating from Kentucky, Professor Booth accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Florida, where he was subsequently promoted to Associate in 1993 and Full Professor in 2000. He accepted a position as a Professor in the Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology at Cornell University in August 2004, and has served as Chair of the Department since July 2007. His research has touched on a range of topics including the bootstrap and Monte Carlo methods, exact inference in loglinear models, generalized linear mixed models, applications of saddlepoint and Laplace approximation and model fitting algorithms. Recently his focus has been on the development of statistical models and methods for analyzing modern biological data.
Professor Booth is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and has been a member of the NISS Board of Trustees since 2012.