About DAMTP

Professor Gary Gibbons

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) is one of two Mathematics Departments at the University of Cambridge, the other being the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS). The two Departments together constitute the Faculty of Mathematics, and are responsible for the teaching of Mathematics and its applications within the Mathematical Tripos.

Both Mathematics Departments are located, alongside the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the Betty and Gordon Moore Library at the striking Centre of Mathematical Sciences, completed in 2002.

DAMTP has a 50-year tradition of carrying out research of world-class excellence in a broad range of subjects across applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Members of DAMTP have made seminal theoretical advances in the development of mathematical techniques and in the application of mathematics, combined with physical reasoning, to many different areas of science. A unique strength is the G K Batchelor Laboratory, in which fundamental experimental science is also performed. Research students have always played a crucial role in DAMTP research, working on demanding research problems under the supervision of leading mathematical scientists and, in many cases, moving on to become research leaders themselves. The current aims of DAMTP are to continue this tradition, in doing so broadening the range of subject areas studied and using new mathematical and computational techniques.

DAMTP currently has about 50 academic staff, about 85 postdoctoral staff and about 110 research students, supported by about 30 administrative, technical and secretarial staff. The current Head of Department, since 2005, is Professor Peter Haynes.