Professor Michael Proctor
Provost, King’s College, Cambridge
Michael Proctor grew up on a farm in Spalding, Lincolnshire. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, and read Mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge.
After Part III Mathematics, he spent a year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Kennedy Scholar before returning to Cambridge to undertake research in cosmical magnetic fields. He became a Research Fellow of Trinity College in 1974. He then spent two years on the Faculty at MIT before returning to Cambridge as Assistant Lecturer and teaching Fellow of Trinity in 1977. He has been Professor of Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics since 2000.
From 2006-2012, Michael was Vice-Master of Trinity College. He became Provost of King’s College in 2013. His research is principally concerned with the generation of magnetic fields on the sun, and their interaction with solar convection. He was elected to the Royal Society in 2006. He is a Trustee of the Gladstone Memorial Trust and Governor of several secondary schools.
Michael’s interests include gardening, rowing and blues and classical music. He lives with his wife Julia, a local GP, in Cambridge, and has three children and two stepchildren.