Kit Yates is a member of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and also co-director of the Centre for Mathematical Biology. Kit’s research demonstrates that mathematics can be used to describe all sorts of real-world phenomena: from embryo formation to locust swarming and from sleeping sickness to egg-shell patterning. He is particularly interested in the role that randomness plays in Biology. His research into Mathematical Biology has been covered by the BBC, the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, RTE, Scientific American and Reutersamongst others.
Kit is also an author and science communicator. His first book, “The Maths of Life and Death“ was published in 25 languages and his writing about the enjoyment and ubiquity of Mathematics has appeared in the Guardian, the Times, the i, the independent, the Daily Mail, and popular science publications such as Scientific American and IFLscience as well as having over 2 million reads on the Conversation. He has also made appearances on Panorama, More or Less, “Bang goes the theory” and even on Watchdog.
As part of his fellowship in the IMI, Kit will be focusing on developing the Mathematical Communication Centre – researching and practising ways to improve the public’s engagement with mathematics.