From Burnley to Wall Street... Burnley maths whiz

George Barrowclough with Professor Michael Luck, the Dean of the Department of Mathematics.
George Barrowclough with Professor Michael Luck, the Dean of the Department of Mathematics.

After crunching the numbers, King’s College London has awarded a Burnley mathematician with a prestigious prize from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

George David Barrowclough (21) was one of just two KCL students recognised for “outstanding results” in maths, receiving a certificate and a year’s free membership with the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

The Burnley-born Master’s student, who earned his commendation from the IMA “for best results in final examinations”, graduated with a first last July, and is now studying Mathematical Finance.

“I’m feeling pretty proud,” said the former St. Augustine’s Secondary School pupil. “You work really hard for three years so it’s nice to be picked and for them to say ‘well done’.

“They have events for you to meet like-minded people and it gives you a nice alumni network,” added George. “It’s really nice - I’ve been to one event so far and got to know everyone.

“The career path I’m going for is quantitative investment - using maths to evaluate investments and work out how to make money,” the mathmetician explained. “Wall Street would be nice!”