Robert Sinclair MacKay

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Professor Robert Sinclair MacKay FRS FInstP FIMA is a British mathematician. His research topics include dynamical systems, the calculus of variations, Hamiltonian dynamics, and applications to complex systems in physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, and economics.


MacKay was educated at Newcastle-under-Lyme High School, leaving in 1974. He completed his BA with first class honours in mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1977, and completed Part III of the tripos with distinction in 1978. He obtained his PhD in astrophysical sciences in 1982 from the Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University.

Between 1982 and 1995, MacKay held positions at Queen Mary College, London, the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, and the University of Warwick. From 1995 to 2000 he was Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Nonlinear Centre, and Fellow of Trinity College. In 2000 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society and returned to Warwick as Professor of Mathematics and Director of Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research. In 2012 he was elected President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.[1]


  1. ^ "IMA Council". Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 

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