John T. Lewis

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John T. Lewis
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John T. Lewis in School of Theoretical Physics, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Born(1932-04-15)15 April 1932
Died21 January 2004(2004-01-21) (aged 71)
Dublin, Ireland

John Trevor Lewis (15 April 1932 – 21 January 2004) was a Welsh mathematical physicist who made contributions to areas including quantum measurement, Bose–Einstein condensation and large deviations theory.[1] He was a senior professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies in Ireland from 1972, serving as the Director of the School of Theoretical Physics from 1975 until his retirement in 2001.[2] He also founded the Communications Networks Research Institute at Dublin Institute of Technology.

Academic career[edit]

Lewis was born in Swansea, Wales and was educated at Cardiff High School and then the Royal Belfast Academical Institution.[2] He was awarded a doctorate by Queen's University Belfast in 1955. He moved to Oxford in 1956, initially at Christ Church and later at Brasenose where he acted as Dean.[3] In 1969 he spent a year visiting Rockefeller University and the Institute for Advanced Study.[4] In 1972 he moved to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies on the retirement of John L. Synge,[1] where he served as director of the School of Theoretical Physics. He was an honorary professor at Swansea, Cardiff and Trinity College, Dublin.[3] He was a member of the Royal Irish Academy and was its Senior Vice-President in 1988.[1] He received one of the first honorary doctorates from Dublin Institute of Technology in 1999.[2]

In 1971 he helped to found the Irish branch of Pugwash.[4] With D McQuillan and T West he drew up the draft constitution of the Irish Mathematical Society after the DIAS Christmas Symposium in 1975.[5] From 1985 to 1987 he was president of the Irish Federation of University Teachers.[3]

Lewis was also a founder of, and the Chief Scientist at, Corvil, a company specialising in measurement and performance of Internet traffic.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Pule, Joseph V. (2005). "John T. Lewis (1932–2004)". Bulletin of the Irish Mathematical Society. Irish Mathematical Society. 54: 15–24.
  2. ^ a b c DIAS obituary for John T. Lewis (1932–2004)
  3. ^ a b c Duffy, Ken; Pule, Joe (2007). "John T. Lewis (1932–2004)". Markov Processes and Related Fields. Polymat. 13: 3–19.
  4. ^ a b c "Theoretical physicist who revolutionised telecoms". The Irish Times. 31 January 2004. p. 12.
  5. ^ The Irish Mathematical Society page on The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

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