Nicholas Higham

Nicholas John Higham FRS (born 25 December 1961 in Salford)[3] is a British numerical analyst. He is Royal Society Research Professor and Richardson Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester.[5][2][4][6][7][8]

Nick Higham
Nicholas John Higham

(1961-12-25) 25 December 1961 (age 59)[1]
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Manchester
Cornell University[3]
ThesisNearness Problems in Numerical Linear Algebra (1985)
Doctoral advisorGeorge Hall[4]

Education and careerEdit

Higham was educated at Eccles Grammar School, Eccles College, and the University of Manchester, from which he gained his B.Sc. in Mathematics (1982), M.Sc. in Numerical Analysis and Computing (1983), and PhD in Numerical Analysis (1985).[3][9] His PhD thesis was supervised by George Hall.[4] He was appointed lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Manchester in 1985, where he has been Richardson Professor Professor of Applied Mathematics since 1998.[citation needed]

In 1988-1989 he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.[10]


Higham is best known for his work on the accuracy and stability of numerical algorithms.[11] He has more than 140 refereed publications[2][6] on topics such as rounding error analysis, linear systems, least squares problems, matrix functions and nonlinear matrix equations, matrix nearness problems, condition number estimation, and generalized eigenvalue problems. He has contributed software to LAPACK and the NAG library, and has contributed code included in the MATLAB distribution.

Higham's books include Functions of Matrices: Theory and Computation, (2008),[12]Accuracy and Stability of Numerical Algorithms, [11] Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences,[13] and MATLAB Guide, co-authored with his brother Desmond Higham.[14] He is Editor of the Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics[15] and a contributor to the Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics.[16] His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean.[17][18][19]

Awards and honoursEdit

Higham's honours include the Alston S. Householder Award VI, 1987 (for the best PhD thesis in numerical algebra 1984—1987), the 1988 Leslie Fox Prize for Numerical Analysis, a 1999 Junior Whitehead Prize from the London Mathematical Society, and a 2020 IMA Gold Medal.[20] Higham held a prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2003–2008). He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007[21] and as a ACM Fellow in 2020.[22] In 2008 he was awarded the Fröhlich Prize in recognition of 'his leading contributions to numerical linear algebra and numerical stability analysis'.[23] He was elected a Member of Academia Europaea in 2016.[24]

Higham is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications, a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is also a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.[25]

Professional serviceEdit

Higham served as President of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2017-2018, as Vice President at Large 2010-2013, and on the SIAM Board of Trustees 2006-2009, and Council 1996-2001. He was a member of the Applied Mathematics sub-panel for the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise and the Mathematical Sciences sub-panel of the 2014 UK Research Exercise Excellence Framework.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "HIGHAM, Prof. Nicholas John". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press.(subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Nicholas Higham publications indexed by Google Scholar
  3. ^ a b c "HIGHAM, Prof. Nicholas John', Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press".
  4. ^ a b c Nicholas Higham at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ "Nick Higham - School of Mathematics, University of Manchester". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b Nicholas Higham's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Leading scientists awarded Royal Society Research Professorships". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  8. ^ Nicholas Higham on Twitter
  9. ^ Higham, Nicholas (1985). Nearness Problems in Numerical Linear Algebra (PhD thesis). University of Manchester.
  10. ^ "Prof Nicholas Higham FRS | The University of Manchester". Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  11. ^ a b Higham, Nicholas J. (2002). Accuracy and Stability of Numerical Algorithms. Second Edition, Philadelphia: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. ISBN 978-0-89871-521-7.
  12. ^ Higham, Nicholas J. (2008). Functions of Matrices: Theory and Computation. Philadelphia: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. ISBN 978-0-89871-646-7.
  13. ^ Higham, Nicholas J. (2020). Handbook of writing for the mathematical sciences (Third ed.). Philadelphia. ISBN 978-1-61197-610-6. OCLC 1131865845.
  14. ^ Higham, Desmond J.; Nicholas J. Higham (2017). MATLAB guide (Third ed.). Philadelphia. ISBN 978-1-61197-465-2. OCLC 957339736.
  15. ^ Higham, Nicholas J.; Dennis, Mark R.; Glendinning, Paul; Martin, Paul A.; Santosa, Fadil; Tanner, Jared (2015). The Princeton Companion to Applied Mathematics. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691150390.
  16. ^ Nelson, David (2 October 2008). Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics. ISBN 9780141030234.
  17. ^ Higham, N.J. (1994). Sūri kagaku ronbun handobukku. Translated by Okumura, Shōji; Hasegawa, Takemitsu. 日本評論社. ISBN 978-4535782112. OCLC 674217300.
  18. ^ Higham, Nick (2016). Shu xue lun wen xie zuo. Jia,Zhigang, Chang,Liang, Li,Jianbo, 贾志刚, 常亮, 李建波 (Di 1 ban ed.). Beijing: Ke xue chu ban she. ISBN 9787030513472. OCLC 1050517123.
  19. ^ 아진, 도서출판. "대학교재 전문 출판사(도서출판 아진)". Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  20. ^ "IMA Gold Medal 2020 awarded to Professor Nick Higham". IMA. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  21. ^ New Fellows and Foreign Members 2007
  22. ^ "2020 ACM Fellows Recognized for Work that Underpins Today's Computing Innovations". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  23. ^ "Prize Winners 2008". Retrieved 7 July 2008.[dead link]
  24. ^ "Academy of Europe: Higham Nicholas". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  25. ^ "Nick Higham". The Alan Turing Institute. Retrieved 12 October 2018.

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