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The Alan Tayler Series

St Catz has a long tradition in applied and industrial mathematics, and has hosted a series of lectures on mathematics and its applications since 1986. In 1995, the series was renamed in memory of Alan Tayler, in tribute to his efforts and achievements in this field.

Alan was the first Fellow in applied mathematics to be appointed at St Catherine's. His lifelong commitment was to the practical application of mathematical ideas to problems in science and industry. His vision inspired many national and international collaborations on the theme of mathematics-in-industry. This lecture series is very generously sponsored by The Smiths Institute.

Previous Lectures

2012
Prof Dr Volker Mehrmann (Technische Universität Berlin)
Models for Optimal Control and Design of New Cars and Airplanes.

2011
Prof. John Ockendon (Univeristy of Oxford)
Mathematical Modelling: Under the Bonnet.

2010
Dr Lincoln Wallen (Dreamworks Animation)
Telling Great Stories: the Mathematics and Systems Engineering of Movie Production.

2009
Prof. Lord Desai (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Mathematics, Economics and Decision Making.

2008
Prof. A. Quarteroni (l'École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)
Mathematical Modeling in Medicine, Sports and Technology.

2007
Prof. I. Stewart (Warwick)
Symmetries in Biological and Physical Networks.

2006
Prof. H. Berestycki (EHESS)
Modelling spatial diffusion: From flames to social norms.

2005
Prof. J. Bush (MIT)
Walking on Water: biolocomotion at the interface.

2004
Dr D. Acheson (Oxford)
1089 and all that.

2003
Prof. L. Mahadevan (Harvard)
Geometry and Physics of Packing and Unpacking, from DNA to Origami.

2002
Prof H Neunzert (Fraunhofer-ITWM, Kaiserslautern)
What did we "Europeans" learn from Alan Tayler?

2001
Prof J C R Hunt (University College London)
Maths in industry: past experiences and new challenges.

2000
Prof Sir Tony Hoare (Microsoft Research)
Assertions in programs: out of research and into production.

 

Catz announced as 2012-2013 Cuppers Champions!

The annual Oxford University Sports Awards were celebrated at a prestigious ceremony held on Friday 15 November 2013 at the OURFC grounds.

Over 200 current students and alumni gathered to reflect on the 2012-2013 sporting season and honour each other’s achievements, with Catz collecting the overall Cuppers Trophy for last year!

Among other sporting achievements, Catz came top in Women’s Football, and reached the finals in Tennis, Five-a-Side and Hockey.

Critically-acclaimed Catz Alumnus Directs New Play

Catz alum James Phillips (1996, English) has written and directed a new play, Hidden In The Sand, which opened in London earlier in the month.

Based on the aftermath of the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Hidden In The Sand is a love story interwoven with politics. Set between London and Cyprus, the play follows the fortunes of a displaced Greek Cypriot tied to the past.

Events Archive

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Mark Miodownik

1988, Metallurgy

Scientist and Broadcaster

Mark Miodownik is an engineer and materials scientist, and is Professor of Materials and Society at University College London. As Director of the Institute of Making, he leads multidisciplinary research for 'those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to clothes, furniture to cities'.

A broadcaster and writer, he regularly gives talks on engineering and materials science to TV and radio audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and was recently named by The Times as one of the 100 most influential people in science.

Vivienne Cox

1977, Chemistry

Energy expert and former BP Executive

Vivienne Cox (1977, Chemistry) is former CEO and Vice-President of BP Alternative Energy. From 1996, Vivienne managed the development of new business in Central and Eastern Europe, before pulling together all of BP’s trading activities into a single organisation which she led until 2006.

Until recently, she served as Chair of Climate Change Capital, and currently sits on the Board of Rio Tinto plc. She is a non-executive director of the Department for International Development, and sits on the Airports Commission with responsibility for developing ideas to maintain the UK’s status as an international hub for aviation. She is also on the board of BG Group, Pearson and has recently been appointed Chairman of Vallourec SA, a French company in the CAC40.

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