Photo of John Ball by Rory Carnegie 2012

Sir John Ball FRS FRSE

 

Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy

 

Director, Oxford Centre for Nonlinear PDE

 

Fellow of The Queen's College

 

 

Address: Andrew Wiles Building,

Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG,  U.K. 

 

Office: S1.17

Tel: +44 (1865) 615110 (direct)

Tel: +44 (1865) 615121 (pa)

Email: ball@maths.ox.ac.uk 


Member, Executive Board of International Council for Science (ICSU)

Chair of Isaac Newton Institute Scientific Steering Committee

Member Conseil Scientifique du CNRS

Member Conseil Scientifique d'Electricité de France

Former President  International Mathematical Union

Research Interests

John Ball's main research areas lie in  the calculus of variations, nonlinear partial differential equations, infinite-dimensional dynamical systems and their applications to nonlinear mechanics. In solid mechanics, he is especially interested in the mathematics of microstructure arising from phase transformations in solids, using models based on nonlinear elasticity, where the problem of predicting microstructure morphology is related to deep unsolved questions of the multi-dimensional calculus of variations such as understanding quasiconvexity. A more recent research interest is in the mathematics of liquid crystals.

 

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  13 January 2012
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