Dr Niall MacKay
BA (Cambridge), PhD (Durham)
I was an undergraduate in Cambridge, a PhD student in Durham and a post-doc in Kyoto before returning to Cambridge, with fellowships at Queens' and then Pembroke colleges. In 1998 I moved to Sheffield as a lecturer, then on to York in 2000 - since when I've stopped moving about all the time.
Integrable models in 1+1D, especially their algebraic structure, and quantum groups. Past doctoral and master's students include Georg Gandenberger, Ben Short, Barry Miller, Patrick Massot, Paul Melvin, Matt Ferguson, John Pinney (Imperial), Adele Taylor and Vidas Regelskis, and post-docs Nikolai Kitanine (U of Burgundy), Ian Marquette (Queensland), Alessandro Torrielli (U of Surrey), Benoit Vicedo and Charles Young (both Herts).
I am Editorial Adviser in Mathematical Physics for the LMS journals. I was director of BUSSTEPP in 2007, and organizer of a 6-month research programme at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, on Strong Fields, Integrability and Strings. I help organize the North British Mathematical Physics Seminar and the annual UK meetings on Integrable Models and Conformal Field Theory.
Most of my publications in mathematical physics can be found here. I have recently developed wider interests, and have published papers on
Warfare modelling: a general introduction, and then Lanchester models for mixed forces with semi-dynamical target allocation and Lanchester models and the Battle of Britain, described in this conference paper. The relationship with RAF thinking, and the implications for the 'Big Wing' controversy, are developed in a paper in History.
Scaling laws in biology: Scaling of human body mass with height: the Body Mass Index revisited and Mass scale and curvature in metabolic scaling. Here's a semi-popular article for Mathematics today.
Department of Mathematics, University of York, Heslington, York, UK. YO10 5DD