The council of the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) takes great pleasure in announcing that Prof Daya Reddy was recently elected as president of the newly formed International Science Council (ISC), of which the International Mathematical Union (IMU) is a member.
Prof Reddy holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Following undergraduate studies in civil engineering at the University of Cape Town and a Ph.D. degree at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, he spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at University College London. He then returned to the University of Cape Town, where he held a joint position in civil engineering and applied mathematics. He was appointed professor of applied mathematics in 1989. From 1999, he served a seven-year term as dean of the faculty of science of the University of Cape Town.
His research is in mathematical modelling, analysis and simulation in mechanics. He has made significant contributions to theories of complex material behaviour, and to the development of stable and convergent methods of computational approximation. He maintains an active engagement in biomechanics, including research into aspects of cardiovascular mechanics.
Prof Reddy served as President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and is an elected Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He is currently co-chair of the research branch of the InterAcademy Partnership, which is a network of some 130 national science academies of science and health sciences. He has held numerous visiting positions, including those of Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Computational Sciences and Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Timoshenko Lecturer at Stanford University. He is a recipient of the Award for Research Distinction of the South African Mathematical Society, the Order of Mapungubwe from the President of South Africa, and of the Georg Forster Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.
We wish Prof Reddy well with his current and future professional endeavours.