I went to Loughborough Grammar School and then studied maths at Cambridge.
I did O levels in 1973, A levels in 1975, graduate with my BA in 1980 and PhD in 1985.
I have worked in Cambridge, London, Glasgow and Southampton
I am currently a professor of mathematics at the University of Southampton
I am a mathematician at the University of Southampton.
How I Use Maths In My Job:
I study algebra, geometry, and topology.
My Typical Day
I spend a lot of time trying to invent new mathematics. This is quite difficult to do. But it is very rewarding when you succeed.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
W. W. Sawyer and Martin Gardner
What's your favourite use for maths in everyday life?
Understanding the universe
What did you think about Maths when you were in school?
I have always thought mathematics was wonderful
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Computer programmer or short story writer