King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) recognizes excellence in 5 categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language & Literature, Medicine, and Science, since 1979

Professor Sir John M. Ball

Winner of the  
2018
KFIP Prize for  
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Topic: Mathematics

Biography

Nationality: UK

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Professor Sir John M. Ball was born on 19 May 1948 in Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from St. John’s College at the university of Cambridge in 1969, Cambridge, United Kingdom, and his PHD in Mechanical Engineering in 1972 from the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom.
Professor Sir John Ball has assumed many academic and administrative positions during his fruitful career. Currently he is the Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy and Director of the Oxford Centre for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations at the university of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Professor Sir John Ball’s vast contributions to mathematics through his research in the field of nonlinear partial differential equations, the calculus of variations, and dynamical systems, where he has published over 70 peer reviewed articles in reputable scientific journals. Amongst his publications where the articles titled “Partial regularity and smooth topology-preserving approximations of rough domains”, “Orientability and Energy Minimization in Liquid Crystal Models”, and “Fine phase mixtures as minimizers of energy”.
In addition to being a member of the editorial board of many reputable scientific journals, professor Sir John Ball has participated in various conferences and exhibitions in his field as well as supervising many graduate students. His work has been recognized by over 26 awards and honors including the Sylvester Medal from the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2006 and the John von Neumann Lecture and Prize, SIAM, 2012 .

Professor Sir John M. Ball, was awarded the prize, for his fundamental and groundbreaking contributions to nonlinear partial differential equations, the calculus of variations, and dynamical systems.  In these areas he developed revolutionary approaches that are widely used in mathematics today.  His work applies deep mathematical insights to important real-life problems, pioneering applications in materials science. He introduced rigorous mathematical foundations for liquid crystals, phase transitions and nonlinear elasticity.
In addition to his scientific achievements, Professor Sir John Ball has served the wider scientific community in a leading advisory role to mathematical initiatives around the world.

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