Robert Whittaker


My name is Robert Whittaker, and I'm an applied mathematician at the University of East Anglia. Welcome to my website. If you want to get in touch with me, send an email to: robert@(nospam) or tweet @rjw62. A brief biography appears below, but for something more interesting, you might also like to try some of the following links:

Brief Biography

I was born in 1980, and moved with my parents to their home in the village of Bredon when I was about two. I went to the local village primary school, then the middle school over the hill, and finally to Prince Henry's High School in Evesham. In October 1998, I took up a place at Pembroke College, Cambridge to read mathematics. I graduated with a BA (hons) in June 2002, and then returned to complete Part III of the Mathematical Tripos, which is taken as a separate fourth year. There were many courses to choose from, and I concentrated on those relating to fluid dynamics.

Whilst at Cambridge, I joined, and later helped run the university juggling society, improving my juggling skills and learning to ride a unicycle. I also got involved with my college science society, learnt a bit of ballroom dancing, did lots of punting, and designed a website for my tennis club back home.

I continued at Cambridge to complete a PhD in fluid mechanics. I was supervised by John Lister, in the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics. My dissertation was entitled “Theoretical Solutions for Convective Flows in Geophysically Motivated Regimes”. I then did a postdoc on 3D time-dependent flows in collapsible elastic tubes, in OCIAM at the University of Oxford, before taking up a permanent lecturing position at the University of East Anglia. Further details can be found on my research page.

When I'm not working, I enjoy messing about with computers and the internet, and also walking, cycling and photography. I'm an active contributor to OpenStreetMap (user profile; tools). I'm a also a Volunteer Ranger and Group Coordinator for Sustrans (and you can read about what I get up to on my Thetford Ranger Blog). I join Friends of Thetford Forest volunteers on their monthly conseration working group. I'm a regular participant at Thetford Parkrun, where I'm also a volunteer Run Director. More recently, I've got annoyed with the lack of transparency in local decision-making, and in particular around the Greater Thetford Development Partnership. I've started the One Thetford website to improve transparency and accountability. For several years I was a volunteer editor for the Open Directory Project (now Curlie). I used to play tennis and hockey quite regularly, but haven't had much chance to do so in the last few years.