Dr Philip J. Rippon appointed to Professorship

Thursday, Feb 17th 2005

Dr Rippon has been appointed to a Chair in the Faculty. He gained a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge in 1972, and MSc in Complex Analysis from Imperial College in 1974, and a PhD from IC on ‘Boundary behaviour of subharmonic functions’ in 1977.   (In between he was a VSO teacher in Ghana, where he met his wife Sue (who also works in the University).)   Then he worked at College Park, Maryland; Sheffield; and Cork, joining OU in 1982.  He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1987. In OU Dr Rippon has worked on M203, M337, MST121, MS221, M832 and M208; he is recognised as an outstanding teacher, with excellent taste and judgement, the ability to foster effective happy teamwork, and the ability to deliver student-friendly material of the highest quality.  He was Head of Pure Mathematics Department in 1997-99, and Director of Research in Pure Mathematics 1994-98.  He has been Editorial Advisor for LMS journals, and has organised the LMS Popular Lectures since 1997. His research interests include boundary behaviour in potential theory and complex analytic dynamics.  In 1985 he was awarded an LMS Whitehead Prize, a major research distinction.

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