David Wallace (physicist)
Sir David Wallace
David Wallace (left) and Peter Higgs
David James Wallace
7 October 1945
|Alma mater||University of Edinburgh|
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Anne Yeats|
|Awards||Order of the British Empire|
Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
|Institutions||University of Cambridge|
University of Southampton
University of Edinburgh
Institute of Physics
|Thesis||Applications of current algebras and chiral symmetry breaking (1971)|
|Doctoral advisor||Peter Higgs|
|Doctoral students||Christopher Bishop|
Sir David James Wallace, CBE, FRS, FRSE, FREng (born 7 October 1945) is a British physicist and academic. He was the Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University from 1994 to 2005, and the Master of Churchill College, Cambridge from 2006 to 2014.
Early life and education
Wallace was born on 7 October 1945. He was educated at Hawick High School 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.
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 appointed a CBE for his computing work.
Wallace is currently Vice-President for Physical Sciences of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of which he was made a Fellow of in 1982. 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 elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1998, and was a commissioner of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 from 2001-2011.
In 2014, the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University launched a series of public lectures honouring Wallace. The Sir David Wallace lectures are hosted by the University. Speakers have included Cédric Villani and Michael Berry (physicist).
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Professor Sir David Davies
| Vice-Chancellor of
Professor Dame Shirley Pearce
Sir John Kingman
| Director of
Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Professor John Toland
Sir John Boyd
| Master of Churchill College
Professor Dame Athene Donald