Robert May, Baron May of Oxford

Robert McCredie May, Baron May of Oxford, OM, AC, FRS, FAA, FTSE, FRSN, HonFAIB (8 January 1936 – 28 April 2020) was an Australian scientist who was Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, President of the Royal Society,[8] and a professor at the University of Sydney and Princeton University. He held joint professorships at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. He was also a crossbench member of the House of Lords from 2001 until his retirement in 2017.

The Lord May of Oxford
59th President of the Royal Society
In office
Preceded byAaron Klug
Succeeded byMartin Rees
Personal details
Robert McCredie May

(1936-01-08)8 January 1936[1]
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died28 April 2020(2020-04-28) (aged 84)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
Known forLogistic map,[2] stability-complexity studies[3]
Judith Feiner
(m. 1962)
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical ecology
InstitutionsImperial College London
University of Oxford
Harvard University
ThesisInvestigations towards an understanding of superconductivity (1959)
Doctoral students
Other notable studentsMartin Nowak (postdoc)[7]

May was a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and an appointed member of the council of the British Science Association. He was also a member of the advisory council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[9]

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