Chamberlain in 2015
|Born||17 June 1969|
|Alma mater||Loughborough University|
Nira Chamberlain CSci CMath (born 17 June 1969) is a British mathematician based in Birmingham, UK. He is the Principal Consultant at SNC-Lavalin and is the President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Early life and education
Born in Birmingham, Chamberlain always enjoyed mathematics at school and, despite a lack of encouragement from his teachers, studied a BSc in Mathematics at Coventry Polytechnic, graduating in 1991. He then moved to Loughborough University, where he achieved an MSc in Industrial Mathematical Modelling in 1993. In 2014, he completed a PhD at Portsmouth University, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Osbaldestin entitled "Extension of the gambler's ruin problem played over networks".
Research and career
Chamberlain has worked all over the world, helping a range of industrial partners with mathematical modelling. He created a mathematical cost capability trade-off for HMS Queen Elizabeth, modelling the lifetime running costs of aircraft carriers versus operating budgets. This use of mathematics in the real world was cited in the Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society.
In 2012, Chamberlain was involved with the UK STEM Project "Being a Professional Mathematician", where his interview was selected for an iTunes podcast. In 2014 he was named by the Science Council as one of the UK's top scientists. Only five mathematicians were selected for this accolade.
He is currently a member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), European Mathematical Society, Operational Research Society and London Mathematical Society. He was appointed a Council Member of the IMA in 2009 and again in 2015.
Chamberlain regularly gives public lectures, discussing the significance of mathematics in human achievements and debating its relevance in everyday life. In 2016 he ran a one-day workshop at the London International Youth Science Forum, Imperial College London. He was a keynote speaker at the 2017 New Scientist workshop "The Mathematical World". Also the Maxwell Lecture in 2019 with the talk "The Mathematics that can stop an AI apocalypse". He makes regular appearances in UK media and is a BBC expert voice, as well as a speaker for the UK charity, Speakers for Schools.
Dr Chamberlain won the title of "World's Most Interesting Mathematician" by winning the Big Internet Math Off in 2018, as voted for by readers of Aperiodical.com.
Chamberlain is of Jamaican parentage, and campaigns for more diversity within the mathematical sciences. He frequently gives talks in UK state schools, through the charity Speakers for Schools. His lecture "The Black Heroes of Mathematics" is popular all over the UK and repeated regularly during Black History Month. In 2016 he was asked by the Black Cultural Archives to submit his own mathematical biography, parts of which were published in Mathematics Today. In 2017 he was included on Powerlist, an annual publication celebrating diverse role models for young people of African and African Caribbean heritage.
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- "'The Professionals' – Mathematics…the poetry of logical ideas!". The Aspiring Professionals Hub. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
- Chamberlain, Nira; Elliot Pinker (2016). "The Cost Capability Trade Off Model: Forecasting the Optimum Performance within Budgetary Constraints" (PDF). Babcock International. Retrieved 2017-11-18.
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