History of Mathematics at Manchester

This School was formed in 2004 by the merger of the mathematics departments of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). The merger brought together two schools that were of similar size and academic strength. Find out more about our current research and staff, or how to study at the School.

Many famous mathematicians have worked in both schools and their achievements set a standard for us today. 


Sydney Goldstein (1903-1989)

Sydney Goldstein

Sydney Goldstein made fundamental contributions in fluid dynamics, especially aerodynamics.

After his studies at Leeds and Cambridge, Goldstein became a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, in 1929. In the same year he was appointed Lecturer in Mathematics at Manchester, where the strong influence of Reynolds and Lamb’s work in fluid dynamics had a profound impact on him. He moved to Cambridge in 1931 and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1937. On Lamb's death Goldstein took over the editorship of Modern Developments in Fluid Dynamics, which appeared in 1938. During the war years he worked on boundary layer theory at the National Physical Laboratory. He returned to Manchester in 1945 when the University made two inspiring appointments to the Department of Mathematics: Max Newman to the chair of Pure Mathematics and Goldstein to the chair of Applied Mathematics. He held the Beyer Chair of Applied Mathematics from 1945 to 1950.

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