The UK Government have announced the first set of King’s Birthday Honours for King Charles III. Here’s our selection of particularly mathematical entries for this year. If you spot any more, let us know in the comments and we’ll add to the list.
- Caroline Series, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Warwick. Appointed CBE for services to Mathematics.
- Ceinwen Blake, Deputy Director, Corporate Information Technology and Services, Office for National Statistics. Appointed OBE for Public Service.
- Simon Lebus, Interim Chief Regulator, Ofqual and member of the Maths to 18 expert advisory group. Appointed CBE for services to Educational Assessment.
- Pat Ryan, Founder and Director, Cyber Girls First. Appointed OBE for services to STEM Education for Girls and to the Provision of IT Equipment for Children in Hospital.
Get the full list of honours on gov.uk.
Here are a few of the stories that we didn’t get round to covering in depth this month.
Turing’s Sunflowers Project – results
Manchester Science Festival’s mass-participation maths/gardening project, Turing’s Sunflowers, ran in 2012 and invited members of the public to grow their own sunflowers, and then photograph or bring in the seed heads so a group of mathematicians could study them. The aim was to determine whether Fibonacci numbers occur in the seed spirals – this has previously been observed, but no large-scale study like this has ever been undertaken. This carries on the work Alan Turing did before he died.
The results of the research are now published – a paper has been published in the Royal Society’s Open Science journal, and the findings indicate that while Fibonacci numbers do often occur, other types of numbers also crop up, including Lucas numbers and other similarly defined number sequences.