Profile of Professor Mike Yates
Professor Mike Yates obtained a first class honours degree and Ph.D. at Manchester University on the degrees of Turing unsolvability. Moving to the USA as a Fulbright Scholar in 1963, he spent a year each at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He returned to Manchester University as a Lecturer, eventually being appointed Senior Lecturer, Reader and finally Professor of Mathematical Logic in 1978, finally leaving in 1989. During periods at Leeds Metropolitan University and Liverpool John Moores University, disturbed by the massive gulf between advanced research and the popular understanding of mathematics, he joined the movement towards computer-assisted learning. This culminated in his working at the multimedia company Amaze Ltd in Liverpool until 1999. During this period he edited the fourth and final volume of the collected works of Alan Turing, which was focused on Mathematical Logic; it was finished in 1999 but not published by Elsevier until 2001. In 2000 he was invited by Professor Ronald Brown to help produce a CD ROM for The European Year of Mathematics 2000, and in 2003-4 to revise the Centre for the Popularisation of Mathematics' web site www.popmath.org.uk, which is hosted at Bangor.
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