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IOE maths professor listed among London's most influential people

12 September 2016

Dame Celia Hoyles, Professor of Mathematics Education at the UCL Knowledge Lab, has been listed as one of London's most influential people in the Evening Standard's Progress 1000.

Celia Hoyles

Dame Celia, along with UCL President and Provost Michael Arthur and other UCL academics, attended the event at the Science Museum on Wednesday 7 September.

Before joining the IOE, Dame Celia was previously the UK Government's Chief Adviser for Maths and President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), a learned society for Mathematics which seeks to enhance mathematical culture in the UK for public good. She was only the second woman to have held this position.

Dame Celia was also the first person to receive the Royal Society Kavli Education Medal, in recognition of her "outstanding contribution to research in mathematics education." 

Speaking of the Progress 1000 listing, Dame Celia said: "Maths can be a lonely discipline, and I would like to change that. Through my work, I am deeply committed to working towards open access to maths for everybody."

The Progress 1000 event was held at the Science Museum to recognise the growth of science and technology in the London economy. 

The new Maths gallery in the Science Museum, which was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, is due to open on 8 December. Dame Celia is on the Advisory Committee and is excited by the prospect of this innovative space.

Dame Celia, along with Professor Richard Noss, also co-leads the Cornerstone Maths project.

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