Mark McGuinness is Professor of Applied Mathematics at Victoria University of Wellington. He majored in physics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, with a first class Honours in 1976 and a PhD in 1978. Then three years at University College Dublin in Ireland as a Post-Doctoral Fellow studying chaos theory, and two years at CalTech teaching applied mathematics before landing a position as a Research Scientist with the Applied Mathematics Division of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), in Wellington in 1983.
Work in New Zealand was focussed at first on modelling geothermal reservoirs and supporting NZ geothermal power generation efforts. Then in 1991 Mark was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at Victoria University of Wellington, just two years before the DSIR was disbanded. He has enjoyed working in and teaching various applications of mathematics in geophysics, medicine, and industry, since then.