Dr Nira Chamberlain

11:20 Talk – The Future of Black Mathematics

Where are our Black Newtons and Hawkings? Will the next Einstein ever be Black? Can I name the world’s greatest black mathematician who lived in the 20th Century? What is Mathematics anyway and what is its relevance to our community? In this talk, Dr Chamberlain will discuss the obstacles and the opportunities for the Black community within the world of mathematics. Addressing the points above and more, ultimately it is up to the audience to decide if there a future for Blacks in Maths.


Dr Nira Chamberlain is listed by the Science Council as ‘one of the UK’s top 100 Scientist’. Furthermore in 2015, Nira became the first Black mathematician to join the exclusive list of distinguish living British mathematicians who feature in the biographical reference book Who’s Who.

Nira has been described by Loughborough University as one of its Greatest Scientific Minds (Alumni magazine Issue 29 summer 2014 page 8); he is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Mathematician, as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Furthermore, Nira Chamberlain is one of the few British Mathematicians to feature in the Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society. The encyclopedia highlights two of Nira’s mathematical models and their impact on the field of naval engineering.

Nira has over 20 years of experience at writing mathematical models/simulation algorithms that solve complex industrial problems. Nira Chamberlain developed mathematical solutions within industries such as the defence, aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. This has included periods in France, the Netherlands, Germany and Israel. During his career he has chaired and organized a mini-symposium at an international mathematical modelling conference.