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University academic recognised in New Year’s Honours

06 Jan 2009

Leading mathematician Martin Taylor has been knighted in the New Year’s Honours list, in recognition of his contribution to the world of science.

Professor Martin Taylor
Professor Martin Taylor

Professor Martin Taylor, who is also Vice President of the Royal Society, has been a professor of pure mathematics at the University of Manchester since 1986.

In the early years of his academic career, Professor Taylor’s research focused on the properties and structures of algebraic numbers. And more recently he has studied various aspects of arithmetic geometry.

During his distinguished and prolific career, he has already published five books and more than 70 papers.

But as well as pursuing his own academic interests he has spearheaded a national drive to inspire the next generation of young scientists; leading a group of science teachers who advised the government on how to boost school pupils’ interest in the sciences.

Born in Leicester, Professor Taylor graduated from Oxford with a BA in Mathematics in 1973, after which he moved to King's College, London where he obtained his doctorate.

His work led to his being elected a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. And in 1986 he took up a chair at UMIST.

In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. And in 1998 he became President of the London Mathematical Society.

In 2003 he received a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award and he became chairman of the International Review of Mathematics.

Professor Taylor, who is an enthusiastic Manchester United fan, also enjoys hill walking and fly-fishing.

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Image courtesy of the Royal Society