Athena SWAN Bronze Award

Supporter of LMS Good Practice Award

Professor Arnold Arthurs

MA, DSc (Oxon)
Professor emeritus

Research interests

Mathematical physics, variational theory and its applications.

Brief Biography

Academic career began in 1960 in Oxford as Junior Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute and then Praelector and Fellow of The Queen's College. Founder member in October 1963 of the Mathematics Department at York; personal chair 1976, Head of Department 1980 - 1990, retired 2001, Professor Emeritus 2001 - . Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin, and at Perugia University in Umbria.

Author of four books (two research monographs, and two student texts), and 160 research papers. Current work: studies in variational theory, including the inverse problem in the calculus of variations. Joint research on this subject, with a colleague in Perugia, has just been published in Proceedings A of the Royal Society.



Complementary Variational Principles, 100pp., Oxford Mathematical Monographs, Clarendon Press, 1970. Second edition, 154 pp., 1980.  [Citation Classic, 1990].

Functional Integration and its Applications (ed.), 195pp., Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1975.


Recent Publications

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Year: 2014/15
Title Course category Term
Calculus of Variations Masters Autumn

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Contact Details

Professor Arnold Arthurs
Department of Mathematics
University of York
York, YO10 5DD

Tel:+44 1904 32 3070
Fax: +44 1904 32 3071