Professor Sir Adrian Smith, former RSS president and current vice-chancellor of the University of London has been announced as the new chair of the Council for the Mathematical Sciences (CMS). He will take up the post in September 2013, succeeding Professor Frank Kelly.
A former principal of Queen Mary, University of London, Sir Adrian became director general of science and research in the then Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills in 2008, becoming director general of knowledge and innovation in 2010. He was appointed vice-chancellor of the University of London in September 2012. Sir Adrian is also a past president of the Royal Statistical Society; was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001 and received his knighthood in 2011.
Sir Adrian said he was ‘delighted’ at the appointment, saying: ‘The CMS plays an important role in representing the views of the UK mathematics community on issues of national importance.’
Kevin McConway, vice-president for academic affairs at the RSS, said that the appointment was ‘very good news’ for the RSS and for UK mathematical sciences: ‘Under Frank Kelly, the Council has extended and strengthened its work in representing the mathematical sciences to government and policy makers,’ he said. ‘In the current economic climate, it is crucial that this work continues to be done effectively. With his record and experience in academia and government, including a term as RSS president, Sir Adrian is perfectly placed to take the CMS forward.’
Outgoing chair, Professor Frank Kelly, said: ‘Sir Adrian Smith’s work on Bayesian methods has influenced developments across a wide range of the mathematical sciences, and he has deep experience of the workings of government. I and the five societies are very pleased indeed to welcome Sir Adrian as the next Chair of CMS’.