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Prof Alex Wilkie - personal details

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Role: Professor Emeritus

Location: Alan Turing Building-2.120
School of Mathematics
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




I am the Fielden Professor of Pure Mathematics, in the School of Mathematics, at the University of Manchester. Within the School I am in the Mathematical Logic Research Group.

I obtained my B Sc (in mathematics) with first class honours from University College London in 1969,  my M Sc (in mathematical logic) from the University of London in 1970, and my Ph D (thesis title: Models of Number Theory) from Bedford college London in 1972.

I was then appointed as a lecturer in mathematics at Leicester University (1972-3), then a reserach fellow in mathematics at the Open University (1973-8), and this was followed by two periods as a junior lecturer in mathematics at Oxford University (1978-80 and 1981-2). I spent the year in between (1980-1) as a visiting assistant professor at Yale University.

In October 1982 I was appointed as a research fellow in the department of mathematics at the University of Paris VII (Jussieu), but returned to England the following year to take up a three year  SERC (now EPSRC) advanced research fellowship at the (Victoria) University of Manchester. I held this position for two years before being appointed, in 1984, as a lecturer in the department of mathematics. But I remained in Manchester for just one more year before moving to Oxford to take up the readership in mathematical logic there which had become vacant upon the retirement of Robin Gandy. This was 1986 and I remained in Oxford for the next 21 years before moving back to Manchester to take up my present post.

I have  also held brief visiting positions at several universities around the world, the longest being a three month visiting professorship at the University of California (at Berkeley) in 1986.

I have twice addressed the International Congress of Mathematicians (45 minute talks in 1986 and 1998), and also given talks at the British Mathematical colloquium on two occasions (40 minute talks in 1990 and 2003).

 I recieved the Karp Prize (the highest award made-every five years- by the Association of Symbolic Logic) jointly with E. Hrushovski in 1993.

I was elected to the Council of the London Mathematical Society in 2007, and elected vice-president of the Association for Symbolic Logic in 2006.

 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal society (FRS) in 2001.