Currently using maths to work out how to reopen the universities after lockdown
St Albans School, Cambridge (first degree), Oxford (PhD)
10 O levels, 3 A levels, MA Degree, PhD
I am a professor of applied maths at the university of Bath. I work in the application of maths to problems in industry
I live in Bath with my wife and two dogs, Monty and Josh. I have two children, one in Scotland and one in Holland. I work at the University of Bath where I do research, teach, and run the Bath Science Festival. In my spare time I work with young people. I am involved in running two youth clubs and many other activities for young people aged 8-18. I also love folk dancing, and am a keen fan of Status Quo. I have an un natural interest in the weather. I love nothing better than climbing mountains with my dogs.
How I Use Maths In My Job:
I use maths 100% all the time in my job. My main field of work is applying maths to solve real world problems. This means that I use calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, matrices, statistics, probability all the time. I also work on turning real world problems into maths (using modelling and mechanics) and then solving them on a super computer using numerical methods.
Applying maths to solve real world problems including COVID-19 and climate change
I spend all of my time going to places which need maths to solve real world problems. At the moment this means that most of my time is spent trying to use maths to help understand COVID and to work out the best, and safest way, to come out of lock down. I also work a lot on understanding the weather and climate and using maths to predict what our future climate will be. My maths takes me to many places. For example I work with the food industry, and the power industry and also help to design new WiFi networks.
My Typical Day
I start work at 8am and think about maths all day till 8pm or later. Much of my time is spent working with (PhD) students and helping them woth their projects, which are all about applying maths to solve real world problems
Lots of maths!
What I'd do with the prize money
Use it to help young people
The Bath Scioence Festival needs cash to continue. I would use the prize money to help develop new activities for the young people of Bath and nearby.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Enthusiastic applied mathematician
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
What's your favourite use for maths in everyday life?
What did you think about Maths when you were in school?
The best subject by far
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be a mathematician working in industry
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Work more with young people
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Cheese and pickle sandwich
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Climbed some really big mountains and taken young people up them safely
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To find a way to make the world a better place * 3
Tell us a joke.
Whats the connection between a chicken and a grape. Well they are both purple. Apart from the chicken