A Derry-born mathematician has been appointed as the Director of the prestigious Isaac Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences based at Cambridge University.
John Toland, a old boy of St. Columb’s College, will leave his current post as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bath to take up his new position.
He is widely recognised as a great mathematical mind. In 1978, he proved Stokes’ theory 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.
He was appointed to the University of Bath in 1982 and in 1999 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.
In 2007 he was awarded the Alumnus Illustrissimus award by the union of St. Columb’s and last year he was guest of honour at the school’s senior prizegiving.
Speaking about his appointment, Professor Toland said: “The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences is one of the world’s leading research centres in its field, and I feel fortunate indeed to be joining it as Director.
“This is a great responsibility, especially in the changing circumstances now facing universities nationally and with increasingly severe competition from abroad.
“Moving to Cambridge now and working with excellent colleagues at the Newton Institute will present exciting challenges and new opportunities that I am looking forward to very much.”