Lyn Thomas is Professor of Management Science at the University of Southampton, having previously held academic posts at the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh in the UK and the Naval Postgraduate School in the US.
His research interests are in applying Operational Research, game theoretical and statistical ideas and techniques to sequential decision problems, in inventory, replacement, queuing and search theory. Although for the past few years this has focussed on problems in banking and consumer credit he has also worked on defence related problems including ASW search problems and logistic problems such as replacement, maintenance and inventory in both deployment and procurement contexts. Some of these have been supported by grants from DERA (as was) and dstl. He was a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Committee Operational Analysis Panel and on the DSAC working group on the use of scientific developments in future logistics.
Lyn Thomas has published more than 180 research papers, the vast majority in refereed journals. He was awarded the Goodeve Medal of the Operational Research Society in 1999 when one paper was adjudged the best paper that year in the Journal of the Operational Research Society and in 2008 was awarded that Society's Beale Medal for his sustained contribution to the subject of Operational Research. He has been awarded research grants approaching £2,000,000 and has supervised to completion 23 Ph.D. students. Lyn Thomas has been a plenary speaker at international conferences on five continents and was the chairman of IFORS 2002 the largest Operational Research conference ever held in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of Operational Research, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and a Past President of the UK Operational Research Society.