David J. Simms
|Born||13 January 1933|
|Died||24 June 2018 (aged 85)|
|Education||Trinity College Dublin|
|Institutions||Trinity College Dublin|
|Academic advisors||W. V. D. Hodge|
David John Simms (13 January 1933 – 24 June 2018) was an Indian-born Irish mathematician who was a Fellow Emeritus and former Associate Professor of Mathematics at Trinity College, Dublin. Born in Sankeshwar, Mysore (the state now known as Karnataka), India, he specialized in differential geometry and geometric quantisation. He was a member of the Royal Irish Academy from 1978 and was a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Mathematical Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy.
Simms completed his undergraduate degree in Mathematics in Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 1955. He was elected a Scholar of the College in 1952, when he was just in the first year of his degree, a notable achievement. He went on to do a Ph.D. in the University of Cambridge under W. V. D. Hodge. Simms lectured in Glasgow University before returning to Trinity. He served as head of the Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics from 1991 to 1998.
Books and select publications
- Lie Groups and Quantum Mechanics, Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics Number 52, 1968
- Lectures on Geometric Quantization, (with N.M.J. Woodhouse) Springer Lecture Notes in Physics Number 53, 1976 professional papers.
- Geometric quantization of energy levels in the Kepler problem, D.J. Simms - Symposia Mathematica, 1974
Simms was married to Anngret Erichson, a former associate professor and head of geography at University College Dublin. They had three sons, one of whom, Brendan Simms, is a professor of international relations at Cambridge University. As a child Simms survived 13 days at sea following the sinking of the SS City of Cairo in November 1942. He was also the nephew of Irish communist Brian Goold-Verschoyle. He was also the nephew of Archbishop George Otto Simms.
- zbmath database
- David John Simms
- Editorial Board. Mathematical Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Accessed 24 December 2009.
- "A Career Mapped Out". The Irish Times. 20 November 2004.
- passenger list SS City of Cairo
- Thirteen Days in a Lifeboat: An account of the sinking by David Simms, SS City of Cairo
- Irish victims of Stalin uncovered, BBC, 16 June 2007
- Guidera, Anita (1 September 2006). "Academic caught up in factory planning dispute". Irish Independent. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
- "Death Notice of David SIMMS". RIP.ie. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
- "Simms, David : Death notice". The Irish Times. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2019.