John Toland, Director of the Isaac Newton Institute and NM Rothschild & Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences, served as President of the London Mathematical Society from 2005 to 2007 and in 2010 was appointed Chair of the Mathematical Sciences panel for the Research Excellence Framework by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union, the non-governmental body for the promotion of co-operation in mathematics world wide. Between 1982 and 2010 he was professor of mathematics at the University of Bath and, between 2002 and 2010, Scientific Director of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Edinburgh as well.
His research interests include mathematical analysis, nonlinear partial differential equations and the mathematical theory of steady water waves. Between 1997 and 2002 he held an EPSRC Senior Research Fellowship. In 2000 he was awarded the Senior Berwick Prize by the London Mathematical Society and in 2012, the Sylvester Medal of the Royal Society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, of St John's College, and an honorary fellow of UCL.