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.
Sir David Wallace
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David Wallace (left) and Peter Higgs
Born David James Wallace
(1945-10-07) 7 October 1945 (age 71)
Institutions University of Cambridge
Princeton University
University of Southampton
Loughborough University
University of Edinburgh
Harrow School[1]
Institute of Physics
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
Thesis Applications of current algebras and chiral symmetry breaking (1971)
Doctoral advisor Peter Higgs[2]
Doctoral students Christopher Bishop
Neil Gunther
Simon Hands
Beate Schmittmann[2]
Notable awards Order of the British Empire
Fellow of the Royal Society
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Deputy Lieutenant
Harkness Fellowship
Fellow[3] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[3]
Spouse Elizabeth Anne Yeats[4]

Sir David James Wallace, CBE, FRS, FRSE, FREng[3] (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.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Wallace was born on 7 October 1945.[4][6] He was educated at Hawick High School[4] 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.[2][7]


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.

Wallace is currently Vice-President for Physical Sciences of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of which he was made a Fellow of in 1982.[8][9] 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[3] in 1998, and was a commissioner of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 from 2001-2011.[4]


He has a wife, Elizabeth[1][4] and a daughter, Sara.


  1. ^ a b "David Wallace CV" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c David Wallace at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ a b c d "List of Fellows". 
  4. ^ a b c d e "'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)
  5. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  6. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. Guardian News & Media. 7 Oct 2014. p. 37. 
  7. ^ Wallace, David (1971). Applications of Current Algebras and Chiral Symmetry Breaking (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. 
  8. ^ "Royal Society of Edinburgh Council". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellows" (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 

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

Succeeded by
Professor Dame 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