Prof David Broomhead - personal details
I am Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics in the University of Manchester and an Associate Member of the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (MIB). I am director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Computational and Dynamical Analysis (CICADA) recently created within the University of Manchester and funded jointly by the University and with the aid of a £2m grant from EPSRC. I am also a member of the management team of the Manchester Centre for Integrated Systems Biology (MCISB). Within the School of Mathematics my interests are largely focussed around those of the Dynamical Systems Group and the Mathematical Biology Group.
My original appointment in Manchester was to a chair at UMIST where I moved in 1995 after spending 12 years working in the scientific civil service. I had been employed at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment (RSRE) at Malvern (which has latterly become QinetiQ) where I was a Senior Principal Scientific Officer (Individual Merit). It is an ill-kept secret that my first degree was in chemistry. However, following a DPhil in theoretical chemistry (under the supervision on P.W.Atkins) I became interested in nonlinear dynamics while holding a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Physics at the University of Kyoto (working in the group of Professor K. Tomita).
Thus far in my research career I have studied nonlinear dynamical systems theory and done interdisciplinary research through application of these ideas to a wide range of areas. I have worked with mathematicians, physicists, signal processors and electrical engineers while in Malvern and, since moving to Manchester, I have additionally developed strong collaborations with life scientists and systems biologists. From 1989 to 1992 I was Coordinator of the EPSRC’s Nonlinear Mathematics Initiative; I have been a Visiting Professor at University College, London; a Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Atmospheric Physics, Oxford; a Mombusho (Japanese Ministry of Education) Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Hiroshima; I am a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), have been a member of IMA Council since 1998 and the Chair of the Editorial Board of Mathematics Today since 2002. For my work on radial basis function (neural) networks, I was awarded in 1989 (with Dr D. Lowe and Dr A.R. Webb) the John Benjamin Memorial Prize.