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Edward Turner, the first professor of chemistry at UCL, was an important figure in the history of 19th century science. Appointed to the chair of chemistry soon after the college's foundation, he was also author of an important textbook of the day, his Elements of Chemistry. Turner was a highly skilled experimental chemist, and his meticulous work on atomic weights put him at the centre of a major controversy of the age. More...
The Department of Mathematics was one of the founding departments of UCL and as such it
is the third oldest Mathematics department in England.
Since its beginning, Mathematics at UCL has been enhanced by its many
outstanding members of staff including JJ Sylvester, WK Clifford and Sir
James Lighthill. Two of its students
(and later staff) Professors Klaus Roth (1958) and Alan Baker (1970) have
gone on to win the Fields Medal, the Mathematician's equivalent of the
Nobel Prize. Another former member of staff, Professor Tim Gowers won the
Fields Medal in 1998 for work he did whilst at UCL.
The department engages in world-leading research in both pure and applied
mathematics including analysis, number theory, inverse problems, fluid mechanics with industrial and environmental applications, integrable systems, combinatorics, field theories and gravitation, mathematics applied to biology and medicine, and theory of composites and homogenisation. The department is committed to excellence in teaching and its broad range of research interests is reflected in the large choice of courses available in the third and fourth years of the degree programmes.
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