Personal Chairs for Gareth Price & Gregory Sankaran

Two members of staff have recently been promoted to Personal Chairs in the Faculty of Science: Gregory Sankaran, Department of Mathematical Sciences and Gareth Price, Department of Chemistry.

Professor Gregory Sankaran

Professor Sankaran received his first degree and doctorate from Jesus College, Cambridge University. He carried out research in Bombay, India, and Nijmegen, the Netherlands, before taking up a Pure Mathematics lecturing post at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He has worked at Bath since 1995.

Professor Sankaran’s research area is algebraic geometry, the area of pure mathematics that arises from the study of polynomial equations and their solutions. His particular research interest, in broad terms, is the application of discrete methods, number theory especially, to find new information about algebraic geometry.

Professor Julian Faraway, Head of Department of Mathematical Sciences, said: "Gregory has enlivened the department with his unique and lively approach to teaching and research. We are very pleased to welcome him to the professoriate."
Professor Gareth Price

Professor Price studied for both his BSc and his PhD at the University of Bath, after which he worked at the University of Toronto. He held a post at City University in London before returning to Bath in 1988 to take up a lecturer role. He has been Head of Department of Chemistry since 2006.

His research concerns the preparation, characterisation and application of polymers with controlled structure. This has included physicochemical measurements on polymer solutions and mixtures; synthesis and characterisation of functional polymers and the use of high intensity ultrasound in chemistry.

Professor Price has published a single-authored book, together with 15 book chapters and reviews, and 103 articles in journals. Throughout his career, he has made more than 47 research presentations at conferences worldwide and given more than 65 invited lectures.

Grants totalling £3m have funded Professor Price’s research.

To date, he has supervised 22 PhD students and has acted as External Examiner for postgraduate candidates at 16 universities in this country and abroad.

Professor Paul Raithby, a colleague in the Department of Chemistry, said: "It is very pleasing to see that Gareth's pioneering research in the area of sonochemistry and his contributions to the teaching of chemistry at the national level have been recognised by the University with the promotion to a personal chair. The members of the Chemistry Department send him their warmest congratulations."

 

 

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