John Toland (mathematician) | Wikipedia audio article


John Francis Toland FRS FRSE (born 28 April
1949 in Derry) is an Irish mathematician based in the UK. From 2011 to 2016 he served as
Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and N M Rothschild & Sons
Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge.==Education==
Toland was educated at St Columb’s College in Derry and Queen’s University Belfast where
he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degre in 1970. He completed postgraduate study at
the University of Sussex where he was awarded a PhD in 1973 for research on Topological
Methods for Nonlinear Eigenvalue Problems supervised by Charles A. Stuart.==Career and research==
From 1982 to 2011 he was Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bath where he held an
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Senior Fellowship 1997–2002.
In addition from 2002 to 2010 he was Scientific Director of the International Centre for Mathematical
Sciences (ICMS) in Edinburgh. In 2011 he succeeded Sir David Wallace as
Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and N M Rothschild & Sons
Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. In 2016 he was succeeded
as Director by Professor David Abrahams. His research interests include mathematical analysis
and nonlinear partial differential equations with particular interest in the rigorous theory
of steady water waves. In 1978, he proved George Gabriel Stokes’ conjecture on the existence
of gravity waves of maximum height on deep water, a previously open problem in mathematical
hydrodynamics which dated back to the 19th century.==Awards and honours==
He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1999, and a Fellow of the Royal Society
of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2003. He was awarded the London Mathematical Society’s Senior Berwick
Prize in 2000; and the Royal Society’s Sylvester Medal in 2012.He is an Honorary Fellow of
University College London and was a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge October 2011
– September 2016

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