Professor Heather Harrington awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize 2020

Date 19 October 2020

Professor Heather Harrington, Research Fellow in Mathematics, has been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Heather HarringtonProfessor Harrington's research focuses on the problem of reconciling models and data by extracting information about the structure of models and the shape of data. To develop these methods, techniques from a variety of disciplines are combined such as computational algebraic geometry and computational topology, statistics, optimization, network theory, and systems biology. Profesor Harrington is the Co-Director of the Centre for Topological Data Analysis and has already won the Whitehead and Adams Prizes for her work.

Commenting on the award, Professor Harrington said:

'I'm really humbled and honoured to have received this prize. My research is only possible through extensive collaborative networks, and I'm very grateful to my collaborators.  I am hoping the prize funds can go towards exploring new research ideas as well as supporting students interested in research careers at the interface between pure and applied mathematics.'

Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. Each prize is worth £100,000 to be used over two or three years to advance their research. The prizes have been awarded annually since 2001 in commemoration of the contribution to the work of the Leverhulme Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of the Trust. 

Heather Harrington, Mathematical Institute