Did Surfleet star’s early puzzle prowess pave the way to maths prize?

Maths graduate star Jake Rowbottom with brother Josh, dad Dave and mum Mel. ANL-161208-120209001
Maths graduate star Jake Rowbottom with brother Josh, dad Dave and mum Mel. ANL-161208-120209001
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There was a clue in the way Jake Rowbottom tackled jigsaw puzzles when he was a young lad that he would one day be good at maths.

Jake, who celebrates his 22nd birthday next week, has just graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Honours degree in mathematics and achieved the second highest grade out of all students on the course.

One of my mum’s friends always said that because I was good at puzzles I would always be good at mathematics because it works the same part of the brain.

Jake Rowbottom

Jake’s outstanding result of an overall grade of 82 per cent has earned him an Institute of Mathematics and Applications prize – and he’s been presented with a special certificate and a year’s free membership of the institute.

Jake is thrilled to have earned the accolade and says the prize will offer him greater resources for his research into mathematics.

He said: “I was delighted to be awarded the prize.”

Jake, from Surfleet, will return to the university to do a masters in mathematics sciences and his career goal is to land a research post, perhaps in mathematical biology or applied mathematics.

Jake attended Thomas Cowley High School at Donington before moving to New College Stamford to do A-levels in maths, further maths, communications and culture, and physics.

When he was a young boy a family friend correctly predicted Jake would be good at maths.

“It’s quite funny,” he said. “When I was very, very young – perhaps three or four or a bit older – I used to be very good at jigsaw puzzles.

“One of my mum’s friends always said that because I was good at puzzles I would always be good at mathematics because it works the same part of the brain.”

Jake has a brother Josh (25) and parents Mel and Dave.