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MathWorks to support new Mathematics Gallery at Science Museum

The Science Museum today announced MathWorks as a major sponsor of its spectacular new mathematics gallery, opening in December 2016.

Mathematics: The David and Claudia Harding Gallery will explore how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world over the last four hundred years. The gallery will place mathematics at the heart of all our lives, bringing the subject to life through remarkable stories, artefacts and design.

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, this pioneering new permanent gallery will feature more than 100 treasures from the Science Museum’s world-class science, technology, engineering and mathematics collections.

As a company whose origin and success is firmly rooted in mathematics, MathWorks is committed to supporting initiatives that inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

Sue Fisher, Director of Development for the Science Museum Group said:

"We are delighted to have MathWorks as a major sponsor of this vitally important mathematics gallery. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on MathWorks’ products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation and development. This makes them the ideal partner for this gallery, which will celebrate the work of mathematicians past and present. Mathematics is an essential part of a rounded education and MathWorks’ generous support will enable us to bring maths alive and help to inspire the next generation of mathematicians and engineers."

Sham Ahmed, Managing Director at MathWorks UK, said:

“We are proud and excited to collaborate with the Science Museum on this project that will make a significant contribution to mathematical education and development in the UK for many years to come. The gallery shows how mathematics underpins every part of our lives and that maths skills are critical to the growth of the economy in sectors such as aerospace, pharmaceuticals, retail, automotive and financial services. But these skills are in desperately short supply in the UK. We believe that future generations will be inspired by this gallery to explore maths, thereby opening up exciting career opportunities.”

Mathematics: The David and Claudia Harding Gallery is set to open in December 2016. The gallery has been made possible through an unprecedented donation from long-standing supporters of science, David and Claudia Harding. Additional support for the gallery has come from Adrian and Jacqui Beecroft, the Keniston-Cooper Charitable Trust, Dr Martin Schoemig, Steve Mobbs and Pauline Thomas.

Notes to Editors

About the Science Museum

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. More information can be found at sciencemuseum.org.uk.

About the David and Claudia Harding Foundation

Over the past five years the David and Claudia Harding Foundation has donated approaching £40 million to a whole spectrum of scientific, academic and humanitarian causes around the world. The Foundation has made major donations to research into the physics of sustainability (The Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge), medicine (Cancer Research UK to support the Francis Crick Institute in London) and to risk literacy and statistics education (The Max Planck Institute in Berlin). While encouraging and supporting scientific research and education may be its major focus, the Foundation also supports many smaller charities and projects working with the underprivileged and disabled, and those providing social and medical care for children and adults in both the UK and the developing world, disaster relief, the environment and help for individuals in art, music and sport.

About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualisation, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design for multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3000 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit mathworks.com.

About Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before moving to London in 1972 to attend the Architectural Association (AA) School. Working with office partner, Patrik Schumacher, ZHA’s work integrates natural and human-made systems leading to innovation with new technologies.

ZHA’s completed projects, including the MAXXI Museum in Rome, the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games and Oxford University’s new Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, have been hailed as architecture that transforms our ideas of the future with visionary spatial concepts defined by innovative design and construction processes.

In 2010 and 2011, ZHA’s projects were awarded the Stirling Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Zaha Hadid was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2012 and she received the Royal Gold Medal in February this year.