AMSI congratulates Professor John Toland on his appointment as the next Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences.
Professor Toland has been Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bath since 1982 and was Scientific Director of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Edinburgh from 2002 until 2010.
He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999, and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2003, and served as President of the London Mathematical Society from 2005 to 2007. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union.
Professor Toland’s research interests include mathematical analysis and nonlinear partial differential equations, and he has made substantial contributions to the rigorous theory of steady water waves. In 1978, he proved Stokes’ conjecture on the existence of gravity waves of maximum height on deep water, a previously open problem in mathematical hydrodynamics which dated back to the 19th century.