# About

I'm a mathematician working at the University of Leeds.## Academic qualifications

- BSc (Hons) First Class Mathematics University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
- MSc Mathematics Warwick University.
- PhD Mathematics
Warwick University. Thesis Title:
*Local Topology of Complex Analytic Maps*. Supervisor: Prof. David Mond. - PGCHE Middlesex University.

## Career

- 1994-1996, Research Associate to Prof. J.W. Bruce in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Liverpool University.
- 1996-1998, Lecturer in Mathematics, Middlesex University.
- 1998-2000, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, Middlesex University.
- 2000-2005, Lecturer in Pure Mathematics University of Leeds.
- 2005-Present, Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics University of Leeds.

## Books

I have three books available:- How to Think Like A Mathematician, 2009.
- Variational Problems in Differential Geometry, London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series, edited by Roger Bielawski, Kevin Houston, Martin Speight, 2011.
- Real and Complex Singularities, edited by Victor Goryunov, Kevin Houston, Roberta Wik-Atique, 20012.

## Recent and current activity

Currently I am

- a member of the LMS Education Committee
- a University Teaching Fellow,
- an associate editor for The Journal of Singularities,
- BSc Mathematics coordinator for the School of Mathematics,

## Previous activity

I have been

- an external examiner for Oxford Brookes University (2010 -- 2014),
- an external examiner for the Open University (2012 -- 2014),
- a Holgate lecturer for the LMS.

## Media experience

I have appeared on- BBC News Channel
- BBC Radio Leeds (Tau day, Vorderman review of mathematics, maths busking, review of the papers)
- BBC Radio Three Counties
- BBC Radio Scotland
- Phantom Radio, Dublin

## Was I the inspiration for a character in a Brazilian soap opera?

Was I the inspiration for a character in a Brazilian soap opera? My wife has a friend whose father, Marcílio Moraes, writes soap operas for Brazilian TV (Isn't that the the coolest job in the world?) The main character, Miguel Campobello, of his Vidas Opostas, is mathematician, who gained his PhD in Britain and who is a lecturer. Sounds suspiciously like me! Was I the inspiration? The synopsis of the novela was on the show's web site (it finished in August 2007 - most Brazilian soap run for 18 months rather than years like they do in the UK). The first line was:*
Vidas Opostas vai contar a história de Miguel, um jovem milionário, considerado gênio da matemática, que passou os últimos cinco anos fazendo doutorado na Inglaterra.
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Vidas Opostas is the story of Miguel, a young millionaire, considered a genius in mathematics who has spent the last five years doing a PhD in England.
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Oh wait, I'm not a millionaire and I'm not considered a genius. It's not me after all...