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The mathematics of liquid crystals
Description:  The understanding of liquid crystal behaviour has traditionally been an area with a fertile interaction between science and mathematics. The lecture will describe different theories of liquid crystals and some recent results concerning their predictions and the connection between them.
Start Date:  2018-02-14
Start Time:   15:00
Speaker:  John M. Ball (Univ. of Oxford, UK)
Institution:  Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Place:  Sala Pedro Nunes, DMat
Biography:  Sir John Macleod Ball (born 1948) is the Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He was the President of the International Mathematical Union from 2003-06 and a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and Sussex University, and prior to taking up his Oxford post was a professor of mathematics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
Ball's research interests include elasticity, the calculus of variations, and infinite-dimensional dynamical systems. He was knighted in the New Year Honours list for 2006 "for services to Science". He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
He was a member of the first Abel Prize in 2002 and for the Fields Medal in 1998. From 1996-1998 he was president of the London Mathematical Society, and from 2003-2006 he was president of the International Mathematical Union (IMU). In October 2011 he was elected on the Executive Board of ICSU for a three-year period starting January 2012.
Along with Stuart S. Antman he won the Theodore von Kármán Prize in 1999. Ball received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1998.
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