Being a Professional Mathematician

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Peter Furness

I have "Mathematician" on my business card

One of a series of interviews with professional mathematicians

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Peter Furness

Peter Furness, consultant in decision analytics, modelling and data mining, talks about his career. He discusses:

  • how he describes himself (at time 0:08)
  • the image of mathematics in his field of commercial consultancy (1:23)
  • the skills required by a mathematician in that field (4:21)
  • the support available (6:26)
  • the value of Chartered Mathematician status (9:29)
  • how he disseminates his work (11:59)
  • the obstacles he has faced in his career (13:43)
  • the opportunities for mathematicians setting out on careers now (15:39)

Peter Furness's website is at

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This project was supported by the MSOR Network, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the Universities of Greenwich and Birmingham as part of the National HE STEM Programme and was completed in May 2012. 

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