Professor Sir John Ball FRS, FRSE
John Ball is Professor of Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, where he previously worked from 1973-1996 before moving to Oxford as Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy from 1996-2018, where he remains an Emeritus Professor and an Emeritus Fellow of The Queen’s College. The recipient of many national and international awards, he was President of the International Mathematical Union from 2003-2006, taking a particular interest in mathematics in developing countries, including India. He is a trustee or advisory board member of various mathematical and scientific institutes worldwide.
John has had a longstanding interest in Dr Graham’s Homes through his wife Sedhar Chozam, and first visited the school with her in 1990, becoming inspired by the work and dedication of Jean Burns, Jim Minto, John Webster and others. Sedhar is an OGB active in supporting the Homes, for which they have together raised money for different projects, and where they have sponsored children, and continue to do so through Junior Koi Hai. In 2017 John took part, with their two sons, in the Bhutan-India bike ride in aid of the Homes.