Professor of Applied Maths, University of Bath
I have been professor of applied maths at Bath since 1995. I am also professor of maths at the Royal Institution, the director of the Bath Taps Into Science fair and am a fellow of the British Science Association. My research is in the applications of maths in industry. I am also the education secretary of the London Mathematical Society.
I am a passionate populariser of mathematics with a particular interest in making mathematics appear relevant to young people’s lives. I frequently give talks to schools all over the world on topics as varied as folk dancing, Google, Origami, Crime busting, Quadratic equations (101 uses thereof), Mazes and Magic, Climate Change and music, always showing how maths plays a central role. I have won many prizes for my work in popularising maths and have written the popular maths book ‘Mathematics Galore’.