John Toland (mathematician)

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John Francis Toland FRS FRSE (born 28 April 1949, Derry) is a British/Irish mathematician. He is currently Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and NM Rothschild & Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge, where he succeeded Sir David Wallace in October 2011.[1]

His research interests include mathematical analysis and nonlinear partial differential equations, and he has made substantial contributions to the rigorous theory of steady water waves. In 1978, he proved Stokes' conjecture on the existence of gravity waves of maximum height on deep water, a previously open problem in mathematical hydrodynamics which dated back to the 19th century.[2][3]

John Toland was Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bath from 1982 to 2011, and was Scientific Director of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences from 2002 to 2010[4] and the President of the London Mathematical Society from 2005 to 2007.[5] He held an EPSRC Senior Research Fellowship from 1997 to 2002.[6]

His distinctions and awards include: London Mathematical Society's Senior Berwick Prize 2000;[7] Honorary Fellowship of University College London 2008; Honorary DSc: Queen's University Belfast 2000, University of Edinburgh 2007, Heriot-Watt University 2007, University of Essex 2009.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999, and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2003, and served as President of the London Mathematical Society from 2005 to 2007. In 2010, he was appointed Chair of the Mathematical Sciences panel for the Research Excellence Framework by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union, the non-governmental body for the promotion of co-operation in mathematics world wide.


  1. ^ "Professor John Toland FRS FRSE". Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Isaac Newton Institute. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Toland, J. F. (1978). "On the Existence of a Wave of Greatest Height and Stokes's Conjecture". Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  3. ^ Petrunic, Josipa. "George Gabriel Stokes". Gifford Lecture Series. Templeton Foundation Press. Retrieved 2007-09-24. 
  4. ^ "Management Structure". ICMS. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Officers and Council". LMS. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  6. ^ "RA6d: Additional observations, Additional information". RAE 2001. HEFCE, SHEFC, ELWa, DEL. 2003-10-17. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  7. ^ "Citation for John Francis Toland". LMS. 2000. Retrieved 2007-09-19. 

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