History of the Chair
Lucas, in his
will, bequeathed his library of 4,000 volumes to the university and left instruction for the purchase of land whose yielding should provide £100 a year for the founding of a professorship.
The current and 19th Lucasian Professor is
Michael Cates, succeeding Michael Green now retired, starting from 1 July 2015.
 The previous holder of the post was the
Michael Green who was a fellow in
Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge. He was appointed in October 2009,
Stephen Hawking, who himself retired in September 2009, in the year of his 67th birthday, as required by the University.
 Hawking and Green now hold the position of
Emeritus Lucasian Professor of Mathematics.