Jennifer Scott (mathematician)

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Jennifer Ann Scott FIMA (née Dixon, born 1960)[1][2] is a British mathematician specialising in numerical analysis, sparse matrix computations, and parallel computing. She is a professor of applied mathematics at the University of Reading, where she directs the Centre for the Mathematics of Planet Earth,[3] and a Group Leader and Individual Merit Research Fellow for the Science and Technology Facilities Council at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.[4]

Scott earned a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 1984; her dissertation was A unified analysis of discretisation methods and was supervised by J. Sean McKee.[4][1][5] She worked as a junior research fellow in St. John's College, Oxford, and then at the National Radiological Protection Board,[4] becoming a finalist for the Leslie Fox Prize for Numerical Analysis in 1986.[6] Iain S. Duff recruited her to join the Harwell Laboratory (now part of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) in 1987.[4][7] She became a professor at Reading in 2016.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Leslie Fox 1918–1992", Atlas Computer Laboratory, Chilton: 1961–1975, Science and Technology Facilities Council. See table of Fox's students at the end of this online booklet.
  2. ^ Birth year from Library of Congress catalog entry, retrieved 2018-12-02.
  3. ^ "Jennifer Scott: Group Leader, STFC Fellow", Staff Profile, Reading Maths and Stats, retrieved 2018-10-13
  4. ^ a b c d e Dr Jennifer Scott, Science and Technology Facilities Council, Scientific Computing Department, retrieved 2018-10-13
  5. ^ Jennifer Scott at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ Duff, Iain (March–May 1987), "The 1986 Leslie Fox Prize Meeting" (PDF), IMA Bulletin, 23: 65–66
  7. ^ Haigh, Thomas (August 2005), "An interview with Iain S. Duff", The history of numerical analysis and scientific computing, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

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