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Alain Goriely

Alain Goriely

Professor Alain Goriely FRS


Elected: 2022






Alain Goriely is a mathematician with broad interests in mathematical methods, mechanics, sciences, and engineering. He is well known for his contributions to fundamental and applied solid mechanics, and, in particular, for the development of a mathematical theory of biological growth, culminating with his seminal monograph The Mathematics on Mechanics of Biological Growth (2017).

He received his PhD from the University of Brussels in 1994 where he became a lecturer. In 1996, he joined the University of Arizona where he established a research group within the renowned Program of Applied Mathematics. In 2010, he joined the University of Oxford as the inaugural Statutory Professor of Mathematical Modelling and fellow of St. Catherine's College. He is currently the Director of the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

In addition, Alain enjoys scientific outreach based on problems connected to his research including tendril perversion in plants, twining plants, umbilical cord knotting, whip cracking, the shape of seashells, brain modelling, and he is the author of a Very Short Introduction to Applied Mathematics (2017).

Professional positions

Statutory Chair of Mathematical Modelling, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Mathematics
    • Applied mathematics and theoretical physics
  • Engineering
    • Engineering, mechanical
  • Microbiology, immunology and developmental biology
    • Developmental biology
  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
    • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Organismal biology, evolution and ecology
    • Biological modelling, Plant sciences / botany
  • Health and human sciences
    • Clinical neuroscience
  • Other
    • History of science


Mathematical modelling

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