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Durham University

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Academic Staff

John Hunton, PhD University of Cambridge

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Deputy Head of Department, Professor, Topology in the Department of Mathematical Sciences

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Research Groups

  • Pure Mathematics: Topology

Research Interests

  • Algebraic Topology
  • Aperiodic Tilings
  • Topological Dynamics

Indicators of Esteem

  • EXTERNAL ENGAGEMENT:
    • Member, UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Peer Review College
    • Member, EPSRC College, since 1999
    • Member, EPSRC Mathematical Sciences Strategic Advisory Team, 2010-2013
    • Chair and or member, EPSRC Fellowship, Programme, Doctoral Training and Standard Grant prioritisation panels, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
    • Trustee, London Mathematical Society, since 2011
    • Publications Officer, London Mathematical Soceity, since 2013
    • External Examiner (research degrees) Oxford, Lyon, Manchester, Sheffield, Leicester, Glasgow, Rabat, Southampton, Wuppertal
    • External Examiner (taught degrees) Manchester Unviersity (2002-6), Swansea Universlty (2006-11), Sheffield Universtiy (2012-16), Heriot-Watt University (2015- )
    • Chair, British Mathematical Colloquium 2011
    • Member, National Scientific Steering Committee, British Mathematical Colloquia 2008-17
    • Witness contributing to Burgess report on RCUK Open Access policy, 2014
    • Member, scientific advisory board for Deloitte’s work The Economic Benefits of Mathematical Sciences Research in the UK
  • JOURNAL, BOOKS AND LEARNED SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT:

    Since 2013 I have managed the Journals and Book Series published by the main UK Learned Society for Mathematics, the London Mathematical Society (LMS). These include

    • Proceedings, Journal, Bulletin and Transactions of the London Mathematical Society
    • The Journal of Topology
    • Compositio Mathematica (published on behalf of the Compositio Foundation)
    • Nonlinearity (published jointly with the Institute of Physics)
    • Mathematika (published on behalf of its owners, UCL)
    • Transactions of the Moscow Mathematical Soceity (English translation, published jointly with the Moscow Mathematical Society and the American Mathematical Society)
    • Izvestiya, Sbornik and Russian Mathematical Surveys (English translation, published jointly with the Russian Academy of Sciences and Turpion)
    • LMS Lecture Notes in Mathematics
    • LMS Student Texts

    My work is to lead on setting the publishing strategy, management of the contracts, oversight and appointment of editorial boards, and liaison with the publishing partners, including the commercial partners CUP, Wiley and IOPP with whom the Society contracts production, distribution and marketing.

    The Journals and Book Series operation of the LMS has a turnover of c.£2M per annum and all proceeds go to the charity. Like many UK Learned Societies, the income from these publications is critical to the funding of the Society, and underpins the grants it awards to Mathemticians. Publications funding also contributes to, amongst others, the running of Society meetings, the Popular Lectures, and policy work to engage with Government regarding mathematics education and funding for the mathematics people pipeline, in particular for mathematics research.

  • PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT:

    Selected presenter, Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2009

    Selected presenter, EPSRC How? exhibition 2010

    Contributor Numberphile YouTube channel

    Plenary speaker, Trinity Mathematical Society Centenary Symposium, 2019

  • RECENT INVITED TALKS, ETC:
    • Panel chair at round table discussion on Mathematics Publishing for ECR’s at the 7th European Congress of Mathematics, Berlin 2016.

    • Plenary lecturer Dynamical Systems for Aperiodicity January 2016, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France.

    • Invited series of lectures, 31st Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications, hosted August 2016 by University of Leicester.

    • Plenary lecturer Topology and Dynamics conference, Leverhulme network, University of Leicester January 2017.

    • Plenary speaker, Oberwolfach workshop Spectral Structures and Topological Methods in Mathematical October 2017

    • Plenary speaker, Model Sets and Aperiodic Order, Durham, September 2018.

    • Plenary lecturer, 6 hours at Winter School on Tilings and Foliations, Santiago do Compostela, February 2019

Publications

Journal Article

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

  • Hunton, John (2017), Topological Invariants for Tilings, in Baake, Michael, Damanik, David, Kellendonk, Johannes & Lenz, Daniel eds, 46: Spectral Structures and Topological Methods in Mathematical Quasicrystals. Oberwolfach, Germany, European Mathematical Society, 34-37.