Peter Lee is an epidemiologist/medical statistician who has published widely, principally on tobacco. He went to Oxford, and after working for the Tobacco Research Council, formed his independent consultancy company P.N.Lee Statistics and Computing in 1982. He edited reference books on international smoking prevalence. He has published numerous meta-analyses on health effects, not only of smoking and quitting, but also of passive smoking and smokeless tobacco. Accuracy of diagnosis and self-reported smoking habits is a major interest. He has won national titles at both chess and bridge. He is married with one daughter and two grandchildren.