David Wallace (physicist)

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Not to be confused with David Wallace (b. 7 Oct 1976), the philosopher of physics at the University of Oxford.
David James Wallace
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David Wallace (left) and Peter Higgs
Born (1945-10-07) 7 October 1945 (age 69)[1]
Institutions University of Cambridge
Princeton University
University of Southampton
Loughborough University
University of Edinburgh
EPCC
Harrow School[2]
Institute of Physics
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Thesis Applications of current algebras and chiral symmetry breaking (1971)
Doctoral advisor Peter Higgs[3]
Doctoral students Christopher Bishop
Neil Gunther
Simon Hands
Beate Schmittmann[3]
Notable awards Order of the British Empire
Fellow of the Royal Society
Deputy Lieutenant
Harkness Fellowship
Fellow[4] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[4]
Spouse Elizabeth Anne Yeats[1]
Website
chu.cam.ac.uk/fellows/111-David-Wallace

Sir David James Wallace, CBE, FRS, FREng,[4] DL (born 7 Oct 1945)[5] is a physicist and was the Master of Churchill College, Cambridge.[6] from 2006 to 2014.

Education[edit]

Wallace was educated at Hawick High School[1] in Hawick, Borders, Scotland and went to the University of Edinburgh where he earned a degree in Mathematical Physics and a PhD in Elementary particle Theory, under the supervision of Peter Higgs.[3][7]

Research[edit]

After postdoctoral research work as a Harkness Fellow at Princeton University, Wallace became a physics lecturer at the University of Southampton in 1972.

In 1979, he became Tait Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Edinburgh. He became Director of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) and in 1996 he was awarded the CBE for his computing work.

He was formerly Vice-President and Treasurer of the Royal Society and Chair of the Council for the Mathematical Sciences. From 1994 to January 2006 he was the Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University. From 2006 to 2011 he was the Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge. Wallace has also been President of the Institute of Physics and Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire. He was also a Fellow[4] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[4] in 1998.

Personal[edit]

He has a wife, Elizabeth[1][2] and a daughter, Sara. He enjoys mycophagy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "'WALLACE, Sir David (James)', Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press". (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b "David Wallace CV". Archived from the original on 12 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c David Wallace at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ a b c d e "List of Fellows". 
  5. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian (Guardian News & Media). 7 Oct 2014. p. 37. 
  6. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  7. ^ Wallace, David (1971). Applications of Current Algebras and Chiral Symmetry Breaking (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Professor Sir David Davies
Vice-Chancellor of
Loughborough University

1994–2005
Succeeded by
Professor Shirley Pearce
Preceded by
Sir John Kingman
Director of
Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

2006–2011
Succeeded by
Professor John Toland
Preceded by
Sir John Boyd
Master of Churchill College
2006–2014
Succeeded by
Professor Dame Athene Donald