David Trotman
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David Trotman  

David Trotman in Cracow (2004)


Born 
Plymouth 
27 September 1951
Scientific career  
Thesis  Whitney Stratifications : Faults and Detectors (1980) 
Doctoral advisor  Erik Christopher Zeeman and René Thom 
David John Angelo Trotman^{[1]} (born 27 September 1951) is a mathematician, with dual British and French nationality. He is a grandson of the poet and author Oliver W F Lodge and a greatgrandson of the physicist Sir Oliver Lodge. He works in an area of singularity theory known as the theory of stratifications, and particularly on properties of stratifications satisfying the Whitney conditions and other similar conditions (due to René Thom, TzeeChar Kuo, JeanLouis Verdier, Trotman himself, Karim Bekka and others) important for understanding topological stability.^{[2]}
At the age of 16, with Philip Crabtree, he was awarded the Explorer Belt in Izmir, Turkey.
Trotman was educated at King Edward's School in Stourbridge, before entering St. John's College, Cambridge in 1969, where he won the John Couch Adams Essay Prize in 1971 for an essay on plane algebraic curves. He carried out doctoral work at the University of Warwick, and the University of ParisSud, Orsay. His thesis, entitled Whitney Stratifications : Faults and Detectors, was directed by Christopher Zeeman while at Warwick, and Bernard Teissier and René Thom while at Orsay.^{[1]}
After positions at the University of ParisSud and the University of Angers, since 1988 Trotman has been Professor of Mathematics at the University of Provence in Marseilles, France, now called AixMarseille University. He has held visiting positions at Cornell University, the University of Hawaii, the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, England, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, USA, and the Fields Institute in Toronto, Canada.
Trotman has directed eleven PhD theses. Among his research students are Patrice Orro, Karim Bekka, Claudio Murolo, Georges Comte, Dwi Juniati and Guillaume Valette.^{[1]}
Trotman was Director of the Graduate School in Mathematics and Computing of Marseilles from 1996 to 2004, and was an elected member of the CNU (the French National University Council) from 1999 until 2007.
References
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} David Trotman at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
 ^ Trotman's, David. "David Trotman's Homepage". Retrieved 20080921.
External links
 David Trotman's homepage
 Publications at MathSciNet
 People from Plymouth
 English emigrants to France
 Alumni of St John's College, Cambridge
 Alumni of the University of Warwick
 University of Paris alumni
 ParisSud 11 University faculty
 University of Angers faculty
 University of Provence faculty
 Cornell University faculty
 University of Hawaii faculty
 20thcentury British mathematicians
 21stcentury British mathematicians
 1951 births
 Living people
 People educated at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge