Raymond Flood Appointed Professor of Geometry at Gresham College


  • Date: 11 September 2012

Professor Raymond Flood has been appointed Professor of Geometry at Gresham College from August 2012 for a period of three years, replacing Professor John D. Barrow. The Gresham Professorship of Geometry was founded in 1597 to provide free public lectures in mathematics, predating the mathematical chairs at Oxford (1619) and Cambridge (1663). Gresham College is London’s oldest Higher Education Institution.

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Raymond Flood has spent most of his academic life promoting mathematics and computing to adult audiences, mainly through his position as University Lecturer at Oxford University, in the Continuing Education Department and at Kellogg College. In parallel he has worked extensively on the history of mathematics, producing many books and writing diverse educational material.

He is Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, having been Vice-President of the College and President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics before retiring in 2010. He is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast; Linacre College, Oxford; and University College, Dublin where he obtained his PhD.

His first year of lectures as Gresham Professor of Geometry will be on Shaping Modern Mathematics.

In the succeeding years he will choose topics illustrating how mathematics has developed more recently and, in particular, what mathematics can, cannot, and hopes to achieve.

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