Desmond Higham

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Desmond Higham
Born (1964-02-17) 17 February 1964 (age 52)
Residence UK
Citizenship British
Fields Numerical analysis
Institutions University of Strathclyde
Alma mater

Victoria University of Manchester

(B.Sc. Ph.D. 1988)
Doctoral advisor George Hall
Doctoral students Xiaolin Xiao
Somkid Intep
Alan Taylor
Graeme Chalmers
Julie Morrison
Alan Bryden
Edward McDonald
Richard Wain
Abdul-Hadi Alim A. Khader
Tasneem Sardar
Notable awards

SIAM Germund Dahlquist Prize (2005)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2006)

SIAM Fellow (2009)

Desmond John Higham (born Salford 17 February 1964)[1] is a numerical analyst and 1966 Chair of Numerical Analysis in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.[2]

He is a graduate of the Victoria University of Manchester gaining his BSc in 1985, MSc in and 1986 and PhD 1988. He was a postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto before taking up a Lectureship at the University of Dundee in 1990 and moving to a Readership at the University of Strathclyde in 1996.

Higham's main area of research is stochastic computation, with applications in computational biology, technological/sociological/security networks and mathematical finance.

He holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2012–2017)[3] and is a Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Fellow and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He won the 2005 SIAM Germund Dahlquist Prize (2005).[4]

Higham has authored four books:

  • Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations: Initial Value Problems (2010, with D. F. Griffiths),
  • An Introduction to Financial Option Valuation: Mathematics, Stochastics and Computation (2004),
  • MATLAB Guide (with his brother Nicholas Higham, 2nd edition, 2005),
  • Learning LaTeX (1997, with D. F. Griffiths).

He also edited the book

  • Network Science: Complexity in Nature and Technology (2010, with Ernesto Estrada, Maria Fox and Gian-Luca Oppo).

He is Section Editor of the Survey and Review section of SIAM Review and is a member of the editorial boards of several other journals.


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