I am a professor in the
of Heriot-Watt University.
I have been here since 1990 and became a reader in 1996, and then a
professor in 2009.
Before that I worked on a succession of short term contracts in a random
sequence of British Universities.
Between 2012-2015 I had the misfortune to be Head of Department in the Heriot-Watt Department of Mathematics, but I have now been promoted back to being a research mathematician.
Interests other than maths include mountaineering in Scotland (i.e. trudging across mist shrouded bogs in the rain in summer; trudging across snowfields in white-outs in winter) and walking in the Lake District. In summer, on the occasions when the sun shines, I go and dangle from ropes on vertical rock faces wishing I had real muscles rather than the mathematician's variety (see here). Other times I go on rock-climbing holidays or long distance cycle tours in countries which are hot and dry and produce lots of good cheap wine.