Shout out to Nira Chamberlain

Nira Chamberlain is a Black British mathematician and currently works as a Principal Consultant at SNC-Lavalin. Chamberlain gained a BSc in Mathematics at Coventry Polytechnic in 1991 before graduating from Loughborough University with an MSc in Industrial Mathematical Modelling in 1993. Then in 2014, he completed a PhD at Portsmouth University.

Nira’s recommendation to any aspiring mathematician is that “you don’t need anybody’s permission to be a great mathematician!”

via Loughborough University

Some of Chamberlain’s accolades include:

  • Creating a mathematical cost capability trade-off for HMS Queen Elizabeth
  • A citation in the Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Society
  • Becoming the first Black mathematician to feature on Who’s Who list of living British mathematicians
  • Winning the title of “World’s Most Interesting Mathematician” from the Big Internet Math Off in 2018
  • Receiving an OBE in the 2022 New Year Honours for services to mathematical sciences.

Related: Dr. Dóminique Kemp: the first Black mathematics PhD graduate at Indiana University and Dr Raychelle Burks on being a Black woman in STEM

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