Sculpture to honour professor

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A SPECIAL sculpture honouring the work of a world-renowned Durham maths professor is to be unveiled.

Professor Tom Willmore, who worked at Durham university between 1964 and 1985, helped to put mathematics at the university on the map.

His pioneering work in the field of differential geometry gained him worldwide recognition, including in the fields of the Willmore Conjecture and Willmore Surfaces.

Twice Dean of Science at Durham University, Professor Willmore is also distinguished for his wartime scientific work.

Between 1939 and 1945, he was based at RAF Cardington balloon development establishment near Bletchley, where he was tasked with designing barrage balloons capable of withstanding conditions in the Arctic convoys.

He also designed configurations of barrage balloons with the optimal protection for civilian populations against German bombing raids.

The new sculpture – an interpretation of a four-lobed Willmore torus – has been designed by Durham-based artist Peter Sales.

It will be unveiled at the university’s Calman Learning Centre tomorrow.