Dr Apala Majumdar is Reader (Associate Professor) in applied mathematics at the University of Bath, UK. She is a well-known expert in the mathematics and modelling of nematic liquid crystals and she has worked extensively at the interface of rigorous analysis, challenging simulations and modelling of applications. She has made important contributions to the analysis of the powerful continuum Landau-de Gennes theory for nematic liquid crystals, asymptotic limits for the Landau-de Gennes theory, the mathematical analogies between the theories for liquid crystals and the Ginzburg-Landau theory for superconductivity and models that can interpolate between the Landau-de Gennes and more detailed mean-field theories.
Her work has been continuously supported by independent research fellowships awarded in open competition: a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellowship, an Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics fellowship and a prestigious five-year EPSRC (Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council) fellowship. She has won two national prizes in recognition of her work: the British Liquid Crystal Society Young Scientist Prize in 2012 and the London Mathematical Society Anne Bennett Prize in 2015.