John M. Ball
John M. Ball  

Sir John Macleod Ball


Born 
Farnham, Surrey 
19 May 1948 ^{[1]}
Residence  Oxford 
Nationality  British 
Alma mater 
University of Cambridge University of Sussex 
Awards 
Whittaker Prize Junior Whitehead Prize (1982) David Crighton Medal Sylvester Medal (2009) 
Scientific career  
Institutions 
HeriotWatt University University of Oxford 
Doctoral advisor  David Eric Edmunds^{[2]} 
Sir John Macleod Ball FRS FRSE (born 1948) is 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. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and Sussex University, and prior to taking up his Oxford post was a professor of mathematics at HeriotWatt University in Edinburgh.
Ball's research interests include elasticity, the calculus of variations, and infinitedimensional 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 in 2002 and for the Fields Medal 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 threeyear period starting January 2012. Ball is listed as an ISI highly cited researcher.^{[6]}
Along with Stuart S. Antman he won the Theodore von Kármán Prize in 1999.^{[7]}
Ball received an Honorary Doctorate from HeriotWatt University in 1998.^{[8]}
Personal life
Ball is married to Sedhar Chozam (Lady Sedhar Ball), a Tibetanborn actress. He has three children.^{[1]}
References
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} "CV" (PDF). John M. Ball. Retrieved 20090730.
 ^ John M. Ball at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
 ^ "Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood" (PDF). BBC. Retrieved 20090730.
 ^ "Gruppe 1: Matematiske fag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
 ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 20121103.
 ^ "List of ISI highly cited researchers".
 ^ Biographical sketch, retrieved 20141220.
 ^ "Annual Report 1998". www.ma.hw.ac.uk. Retrieved 20160404.
External links
 Ball's home page
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