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Michael Thompson, FRS
Picture: astronomy with grandson Charlie McRobie
Thompson was born in Cottingham,
While a post-doctoral research fellow at
Peterhouse, he spent a year as a Fulbright visitor in the Department of
Aeronautics and Astronautics at
Based on his research into elastic buckling phenomena, he published three books on instabilities, bifurcations and catastrophes. A fourth book published in 1986 is now in its second edition as Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos (Wiley, 2002). Over 14,000 copies of this seminal work have been sold world-wide, and it has been translated into Japanese and Italian.
From 1998 to 2007, Michael was the Editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Series A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences), the world’s longest running scientific journal. His special Millennium Issues of the journal, in which young scientists were invited to give their visions of the future, were re-published as three popular paper-backed books by Cambridge University Press in 2001. As a follow-up to this successful venture, Michael has created a running programme of Christmas Issues which he is using as the basis of his new Royal Society Series on Advances in Science. The first three books in the series are Advances in Astronomy: from the Big Bang to the Solar System (ed. JMT Thompson, ICP, 2005), Advances in Earth Science: from earthquakes to global warming (eds PR Sammonds & JΜΤ Thompson, ICP, 2007), Advances in Nanoengineering: electronics, materials and assembly (eds AG Davies & JΜΤ Thompson, ICP, 2007).
Michael is now Emeritus Professor of Nonlinear
Dynamics at UCL, and an Honorary Fellow at the Department of Applied Mathematics
and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) of
In April 2006, Michael was appointed, part–time, as a
distinguished Sixth Century Professor in Theoretical and Applied Dynamics at
Married with two children and ten grandchildren, his recreations include astronomy with his grandchildren, wild-life photography, badminton and tennis.