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27 June 2005 PR 05/60

Professor Sir David Wallace appointed as director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

It has been announced today that Loughborough’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir David Wallace, has been appointed as the Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and NM Rothchild & Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Wallace is expected to be in post at Cambridge in October 2006 and will succeed Professor Sir John Kingman who has served as Director since October 2001.

“I am delighted to welcome Professor Wallace as the new Director of the Isaac Newton for Mathematical Sciences,” said Professor Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. “He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from links with both academia and industry. His breadth of vision and distinguished academic career are a wonderful combination for the leader of the Institute, which is devoted to research in the Mathematical Sciences in the broadest sense.”

“The Isaac Newton Institute is a national centre of international significance and I am fortunate and privileged to be joining it as its Director. My 12 years at Loughborough have been immensely fulfilling and I could not imagine a more exciting prospect to follow them than working and living in Cambridge,” said Professor Wallace.

Following undergraduate and postgraduate study in theoretical physics at the University of Edinburgh, Professor Wallace continued research at Princeton University as a Harkness Fellow. In 1972 he was appointed as lecturer in the Physics Department at the University of Southampton. In 1979 he returned to the University of Edinburgh as Tait Professor of Mathematical Physics. He was also Director of Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre.

He is Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society, has served as President of the Institute of Physics, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Chair of the UK e-Science Steering Committee, and a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire. He has served as a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council, and as an Expert to the European Commission in a number of areas. His non-Executive Directorships have included the Scottish Life Assurance Company, and Taylor and Francis Group plc. He was awarded a CBE for services to parallel computing in 1996, and was knighted in 2004 for services to UK science, technology and engineering.

Professor Sir David Wallace has been the Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University since January 1994. He will step down from the role later this year and will be succeeded by Professor Shirley Pearce CBE.

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Notes to editors

  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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