John M. Ball

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Sir John Ball
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Sir John Macleod Ball
Born (1948-05-19) 19 May 1948 (age 73)[1]
Farnham, Surrey, England, UK
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
University of Sussex
AwardsWhittaker Prize (1981)
Junior Whitehead Prize (1982)
David Crighton Medal
Sylvester Medal (2009)
King Faisal International Prize (2018)
Scientific career
InstitutionsHeriot-Watt University
University of Oxford
Doctoral advisorDavid Eric Edmunds[2]

Sir John Macleod Ball FRS FRSE (born 19 May 1948) is a British mathematician and former Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He was the President of the International Mathematical Union from 2003–06 and a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford.

Ball was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge and Sussex University, and prior to taking up his Oxford post was a professor of mathematics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.[1]

Ball's research interests include elasticity, the calculus of variations, and infinite-dimensional dynamical systems. He was knighted in the New Year Honours list for 2006 "for services to Science".[3] He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters[4] and a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[5]

He was a member of the first Abel Prize Committee in 2002[6] and for the Fields Medal Committee in 1998. From 1996 - 1998 he was president of the London Mathematical Society, and from 2003 - 2006 he was president of the International Mathematical Union, IMU. In October 2011 he was elected on the Executive Board of ICSU for a three-year period starting January 2012. Ball is listed as an ISI highly cited researcher.[7]

Along with Stuart S. Antman he won the Theodore von Kármán Prize in 1999.[8] In 2018 he received the King Faisal International Prize in Mathematics.[9]

Ball received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1998.[10]

He was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1980.[11]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Lady Sedhar Chozam-Ball, actor, and has three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "CV" (PDF). John M. Ball. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  2. ^ John M. Ball at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ "Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood" (PDF). BBC. Retrieved 30 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Gruppe 1: Matematiske fag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  5. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-03.
  6. ^ "The Abel Committee 2003/2004".
  7. ^ "Highly Cited Researchers - The Most Influential Scientific Minds". HCR.
  8. ^ Biographical sketch, retrieved 2014-12-20.
  9. ^ "King Faisal Prize".
  10. ^ "Annual Report 1998". Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Professor Sir John Macleod Ball FRS FRSE - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 20 December 2017.

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