David Wallace (physicist)

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Not to be confused with David Wallace (b. 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 68)[1]
Institutions University of Cambridge
Princeton University
University of Southampton
Loughborough University
University of Edinburgh
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 of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Spouse Elizabeth Anne Yeats[1]

Sir David James Wallace, CBE, FRS, FREng, DL (born 1945) is a physicist and master of Churchill College, Cambridge.[4]


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][5]


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


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

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

Succeeded by
Professor John Toland
Preceded by
Sir John Boyd
Master of Churchill College
Succeeded by
Professor Dame Athene Donald