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Royal Society Grants Double Honour to University of Warwick Scientists

Originally Published 11 May 2001

The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science founded in 1660 to champion top quality science and technology, has elected not just one but two University of Warwick scientists to its prestigious Fellowships. Election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society is recognised world-wide as a sign of the highest regard in science. Short biographies of the two University of Warwick scientists that have received this honour now follow:

Professor Ian Stewart of the University of Warwick's Department of Mathematics is distinguished for his wide-ranging major contributions to the public understanding of mathematics and science. This has taken many forms including: publications for the general public, students and children; through public lectures (including Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, Gresham Lectures and LMS New Zealand Forder Lectures); and through radio and TV appearances, and newspaper and magazine articles. For this activity he has already been awarded the Royal Society Faraday Medal and the Gresham Professorship of Geometry. He is recognised internationally for the distinction of many of his contributions to research in mathematics (Lie algebras, dynamical singularities, symmetric chaos). His versatility can be seen in the vast range of his work from the mechanics of animal locomotion to industrial applications, such as understanding the quality of coiled wires and springs.

Professor Michael Paterson of the University of Warwick's Department of Computer Science is distinguished for his work in computational complexity. His main areas of research examine the extreme limits of computer science. In particular he studies the inherent (mathematical) limits which determine what can (and what cannot) be efficiently computed. To do this one considers particular computational problems and, (for each problem) - first study the limits which determine how quickly the problem can be solved on a computer, and then secondly develop algorithms for solving the problem which are as efficient as possible. Professor Paterson's numerous contributions have stimulated and expanded this field in many directions, and those contributions are characterised by their originality and precision.

For further information please contact:

Professor Ian Stewart: tel 024 76 52 3740

Professor Michael Paterson tel 024 7652 3194

Further information about the above press release and all other media services at the University of Warwick can be obtained from:

Peter Dunn, Press Officer
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7AL
West Midlands
Tel: 024 76 523708