Uni honour for maths academic

A leading Coleraine academic was last week honoured for his outstanding work in mathematics by the University of Teeside.

Dr James Caldwell, who grew up close to Pates Lane, was awarded the 2nd Higher Doctorate (Doctor of Science Degree (Dsc) at a ceremony in the Middlesborough university last Friday.

Dr Caldwell, the University Professor in Mathematics at the City University of Hong Kong, made the long journey to Teeside with his wife MOK, Mei Lin, for the conferment.

The university honour recognises Dr Caldwell’s scholarly and research work in Mathematical Modelling over the past 20 years.

A proud Dr Caldwell told the Times: “This is a higher doctorate which is difficult to achieve. In fact, the previous one awarded by Teeside was 11 years ago.

“I am not aware of anyone else who has achieved a second Doctor of Science (DSc) degree and so this is possibly unique.”

Dr Caldwell was born in Macosquin in 1943, attended Macosquin Primary School from 1948-55 and Coleraine Academical Institution from 1955-61.

He went on to achieve a first class honours Bsc in Applied Mathematics at Queen’s University, Belfast in 1964 and a Msc in Numerical Analysis, also at Belfast, two years later.

In 1974 he successfully completed a PhD in Magnetic Field Calculations at the University of Teesside. He achieved a Higher Doctorate (DSc) in 1985 in "Mathematical Solution of Physical Problems Particularly Involving Magnetostatic Fields", at Queen’s and a 2nd Higher Doctorate (DSc) in "Mathematical and Numerical Solution (including Modelling) at Teeside earlier this year.

He said: “I have been mostly employed in the academic world since 1968, lecturing and researching at polytechnics and universities in England, Australia and now, Hong Kong.

“My mother, Margaret Caldwell, still resides at Castle Place and my brother William and sister Barbara and their families are still living in Coleraine.

“I have many friends in Coleraine as I make at least one trip back each year to visit my family and friends.”