Ask Uncle Colin is a chance to ask your burning, possibly embarrassing, maths questions — and to show off your skills at coming up with clever acronyms. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and Uncle Colin will do what he can.
Dear Uncle Colin,
Is there a reason you don’t use “Dr” in your author name?
– Presumably Has Doctorate
Hi, PHD! Thanks for your question.
Yes, there are several reasons.
The one I usually give is that my bank calls me Dr Beveridge and it makes me uneasy.
It’s also slightly dubious professionally to use it outside of an academic…
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