New director for Isaac Newton Institute


A top number-cruncher is to take over as the director of Cambridge University's Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

Sir John Kingman will take up the post when Prof Keith Moffatt retires in October.

He is currently chairman of the Statistics Commission which oversees the quality of official statistics in the UK - and vice-chancellor of Bristol University.

Sir John works on the theory and applications of probability and has written five books and around 100 papers on those and related areas of maths.

The former president of the Royal Statistical Society and London Mathematical Society is married with two children.

He gained his degrees at Cambridge and was later Fellow and Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College.

Out-going director Prof Moffat said: 'Sir John Kingman is a distinguished mathematician with wide experience in scientific and academic administration.

'His return to Cambridge as director of the Newton Institute is very much to be welcomed.'

By Stuart Leithes


The University of Cambridge is acknowledged as one of the world's leading higher education and research institutions. The University was instrumental in the formation of the Cambridge Network and its Vice- Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope, is also the President of the Cambridge Network.

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