Professor Jonathan Blackledge
Professor Jonathan Blackledge is Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and oversees the provision of post-graduate and post-doctoral research activities, research grants and contracts and the commercialization of research projects throughout (UKZN).
He holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Physics from Imperial College, London University, a Diploma of Imperial College in Plasma Physics, a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from King’s College, London University and a Doctorate in Mathematics from Jyvaskyla University, Finland.
After undertaking his post-doctoral research at King’s College, London, he was appointed Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University where he was Head of the Applied Mathematics and Computing Group in the School of Mechanical Engineering from 1988-1994 and developed the post-graduate teaching and research portfolio of the School in Computer Aided Engineering. He was then appointed full Professor of Applied Mathematics and Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at De Montfort University (1994-2003) where he focused on the post-graduate and research provisions of the Department. From 2003-2009 he was Visiting Professor at Loughborough University where he co-founded the Advanced Signal Processing Research Group and has been Professor Extraordinaire in Computer Science at the University of Western Cape since 2005.