Professor Nick Woodhouse, Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics in Oxford, former Head of the Mathematical Institute and former President of the Clay Mathematics Institute has been appointed CBE in the 2020 New Year Honours List for services to mathematics.
Warden of Wadham College, Ken Macdonald QC commented: "This is a hugely deserved award in recognition of Nick’s outstanding services to mathematics over the years, including his leading role in the creation of a new departmental building, his presidency of the Clay Institute and, of course, his own research."
Nick has had a distinguished career as both a researcher and a leading administrator at Oxford University. His research has been at the interface between mathematics and physics, initially in relativity, and later in more general connections between geometry and physical theory, notably via twistor theory.
He led the Mathematical Institute in Oxford at a time of major expansion and was the leading figure in the Institute's move to the Andrew Wiles Building, completed in 2013. His time as President of the Clay Mathematics Institute saw its profile and influence increase and its roster of talented Clay Research Fellows grow.
Nick also played a leading role in the administration of the wider University including a period as Deputy Head of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division; and was a member of the North Commission set up in 1997 to review the management and structure of the collegiate University and whose recommendations helped shape Oxford as it operates in 2020.