# John M. Ball

John M. Ball | |
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Sir John Macleod Ball | |

Born |
^{[1]}Farnham, Surrey | May 19, 1948

Residence | Oxford |

Nationality | British |

Institutions |
Heriot-Watt University University of Oxford |

Alma mater |
University of Cambridge University of Sussex |

Doctoral advisor |
David Eric Edmunds^{[2]} |

Notable awards |
Whittaker Prize Junior Whitehead Prize (1982) David Crighton Medal Sylvester Medal (2009) |

**Sir John Macleod Ball** FRS FRSE (born 1948) is Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He was the President of the International Mathematical Union from 2003–06 and a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and Sussex University, and prior to taking up his Oxford post was a professor of mathematics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Ball's research interests include elasticity, the calculus of variations, and infinite-dimensional dynamical systems. He was knighted in the New Year Honours list for 2006 "for services to Science".^{[3]} He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters^{[4]} and a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.^{[5]}

He was a member of the first Abel Prize in 2002 and for the Fields Medal in 1998. From 1996 - 1998 he was president of the London Mathematical Society, and from 2003 - 2006 he was president of the International Mathematical Union, IMU. In October 2011 he was elected on the Executive Board of ICSU for a three-year period starting January 2012. Ball is listed as an ISI highly cited researcher.^{[6]}

Along with Stuart S. Antman he won the Theodore von Kármán Prize in 1999.^{[7]}

Ball received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 1998.^{[8]}

## Personal life

Ball is married to Sedhar Chozam (Lady Sedhar Ball), a Tibetan-born actress. He has three children.^{[1]}

## References

- 1 2 "CV" (PDF). John M. Ball. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
- ↑ John M. Ball at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- ↑ "Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood" (PDF). BBC. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
- ↑ "Gruppe 1: Matematiske fag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
- ↑ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-03.
- ↑ "List of ISI highly cited researchers".
- ↑ Biographical sketch, retrieved 2014-12-20.
- ↑ "Annual Report 1998".
*www.ma.hw.ac.uk*. Retrieved 2016-04-04.