# Ioan James

Ioan James | |
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Born | Merton, London, England | 23 May 1928

Alma mater | St Paul's, The Queen's, Oxford^{[1]} |

Awards | Berwick Prize (1959) Senior Whitehead Prize (1978) |

Scientific career | |

Doctoral advisor | J. H. C. Whitehead |

Doctoral students |

**Ioan Mackenzie James** FRS (born 23 May 1928) is a British mathematician working in the field of topology, particularly in homotopy theory.

## Biography[edit]

James was born in Croydon, Surrey, England,^{[2]} and was educated at St Paul's School, London and Queen's College, Oxford. In 1953 he earned a D. Phil. from the University of Oxford for his thesis entitled *Some problems in algebraic topology*, written under the direction of J. H. C. Whitehead.

In 1957 he was appointed reader in pure mathematics, a post which he held until 1969. From 1959 until 1969 he was a senior research fellow at St John's College. He held the Savilian Chair of Geometry at the University of Oxford from 1970 to 1995. He is now a professor emeritus.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1968.^{[3]} In 1978 the London Mathematical Society awarded him the Senior Whitehead Prize,^{[4]} which was established in honour of his doctoral supervisor, Whitehead. In 1984 he became President of the London Mathematical Society.

He married Rosemary Stewart, a writer and researcher in business management and healthcare management, in 1961. She died in 2015, aged 90.^{[5]}

## Books[edit]

- Ioan James,
*Topologies and Uniformities*(Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series), Springer, 1999. - Ioan James,
*Remarkable Mathematicians, From Euler to von Neumann*, Cambridge University Press, 2002. - Ioan James,
*Remarkable Physicists: From Galileo to Yukawa*, Cambridge University Press, 2004. - Ioan James,
*Asperger's Syndrome And High Achievement: Some Very Remarkable People*, Jessica Kingsley Pub, 2005. - Ioan James, Michael Fitzgerald,
*The Mind of the Mathematician*, JHU Press, 2007. - Ioan James,
*Driven to Innovate: A Century of Jewish Mathematicians and Physicists*, Peter Lang Oxford, 2009. - Ioan James,
*Remarkable Biologists: From Ray to Hamilton*, Cambridge University Press, 2009. - Ioan James,
*Remarkable Engineers: From Riquet to Shannon*, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

## See also[edit]

## References[edit]

**^**'JAMES, Prof. Ioan Mackenzie', Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 retrieved 27 March 2008**^**GRO Register of Births: SEP 1928 2a 638 CROYDON - Ioan M. James, mmn - Surridge**^**"Fellows". Royal Society. Retrieved 7 November 2010.**^**London Mathematical Society. "List of Prizewinners". Archived from the original on 4 August 2007. Retrieved 8 July 2007.**^**"Obituary: Rosemary Stewart - Pioneer academic who knew just what makes a good boss".*Oxford Mail*. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2021.

## External links[edit]

- Ioan James at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Ioan James",
*MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive*, University of St Andrews