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150 Years

2 June 2022

Celebrating 150 Years of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Newcastle University

The School hosted a celebration event on 3rd May led by Prof. Nick Proukakis to mark 150 Years of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, featuring a presentation which focused on how Newcastle University, and MSP evolved from the 1871 launch of the College of Physical Sciences. Mathematical and physical sciences were core from its inception, with such need arising to accommodate links to heavy industry in the North East. Throughout its exciting 150-year history, our School has graduated outstanding students, pioneered research and made seminal contributions across a diverse range of topics, for example in functional analysis, classical and quantum fluid dynamics, geophysics, atomic spectroscopy, and cosmology, and Bayesian statistics, while also leading on interdisciplinary research, impactful engagement, and the establishment of the first computing laboratory at Newcastle. 

The school would like to thank our PGR students Holly Middleton-Spencer and Thomas Flynn, as well as UG students Erin Law and Max Winthorpe for organising and presenting the history of MSP. We also gratefully acknowledge UG students Mahirul Islam, Joshua Watson and recent graduate Tom Mitchell who -- alongside Erin Law -- collected relevant historical material during their 2021 Summer projects supervised by Shirley Coleman, Angela Dyson, David Seifert and Nick Parker.


To keep up to date with all Faculty 150 / SAgE events taking place throughout 2022, take a look at our events page.