John Raymond Willis, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Solid Mechanics, University of Cambridge, Visiting Professor of Mathematics, University of Bath,
Previous Positions: Professor of Theoretical Solid Mechanics, University of Cambridge (2001—2007), Professor of Mathematics, University of Bath (2000--2001), Professor of Theoretical Solid Mechanics, University of Cambridge (1994--2000), Professeur de Mecanique, Ecole Polytechnique (part time, 1998--2004), Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Bath (1972--1994), Senior Assistant in Research/Assistant Director of Research, University of Cambridge (1965--1972), Research Associate, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University (1964--1965), Assistant Lecturer, Imperial College (1962--1964).
Degrees and Awards: BSc, First Class Honours (London, 1961), PhD (London, 1964), MA (Cambridge, 1966). Lubbock Prize, University of London, 1961. Governors' Prize in Mathematics, Imperial College, London, 1961. Sherbrooke Research Studentship, University of London, 1961. Adams Prize, University of Cambridge, 1971. Timoshenko Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 1997. Prager Medal, Society of Engineering Science, 1998. Euromech Solid Mechanics Prize, 2012.
Societies: Fellow, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA), 1966. Fellow, Royal Society of London (FRS), 1992. Foreign Member, U.S. National Academy of Engineering, 2004. Foreign Associate, French Academy of Sciences, 2009.
Editorial Activities: Member of editorial boards of J. Mech. Phys. Solids (Editor, 1982-2006), Wave Motion.
Research Interests: Mathematical investigation of problems arising mostly in the mechanics of solids, including the statics and dynamics of composite materials, dislocation theory, nonlinear fracture mechanics, elastodynamics of crack propagation, ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation.