Mathematician awarded prestigious international lectureship

03 Aug 2010 15:45:37.450

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A prestigious lectureship in mathematics has been awarded to an academic at The University of Nottingham.

John King, Professor of Theoretical Mechanics in the School of Mathematical Sciences, has received the Julian Cole Lectureship from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

The Cole Lectureship is awarded only once every four years, for an outstanding contribution to the mathematical characterization and solution of a challenging problem in the physical or biological sciences, or in engineering.

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Professor King receives the lectureship for his influential contributions to the formulation and analysis of mathematical models of tumour growth. The lectureship brings with it a $1,000 prize, and the opportunity to deliver a lecture at the SIAM annual meeting, which took place last month in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Professor King spoke about the application to regenerative medicine of related mathematical approaches, summarizing research that resulted from multidisciplinary collaborations within the Wolfson Centre for Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering and Modelling at the University of Nottingham.

The Julian Cole Lectureship was set up in 2000 in memory of the applied mathematician Julian D Cole. Professor King was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Julian Cole from 1986-88 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the USA.

This announcement follows news released earlier this academic year that Dr Markus Owen, Associate Professor and Reader in Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematical Sciences, was awarded a Whitehead Prize by the London Mathematical Society. The Whitehead Prize is awarded annually to mathematicians at an early stage in their career.

Professor David Riley, Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences, said: “These prizes are a source of much pride to the School and are a well deserved recognition of outstanding research. John and Markus have made seminal contributions to the important interdisciplinary fields of systems biology and medicine, and have helped to establish Nottingham in the top echelon of world-leading groups.”

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