URSULA MARTIN is Professor of Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London, where until recently she directed a major knowledge transfer initiative, and prior to that held a senior management position. She has also held positions at the Universities of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cambridge and St Andrews, where she was the first female full professor since its foundation in 1411. She holds a bachelors degree from Cambridge, and a PhD from Warwick, both in mathematics. She is a world-leading researcher at the interface of mathematics and computer science: major deep contributions include an explanation of the power of logic for reasoning about practical systems with feedback, and results linking randomness and symmetry. She is currently working with philosophers and social scientists to understand crowdsourcing and the production of mathematics.
She has a very strong track record of interdisciplinarity and industry facing work, having worked at both Intel in Cambridge and SRI International in Menlo Park. She has a track record of intellectual and community leadership, and of effective management across a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and activities. She is involved nationally and internationally in policy and strategy through work for government and learned societies in both computing and mathematics, where she has held a number of leading roles. Throughout her career she has worked with many groups to develop the careers of women in science.
She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours List. In her spare time she watches birds and tries to make a garden.