Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, Tildesley went to school in the city of York and studied mathematics at Clare College, Cambridge. He read for his PhD in 2003 with a thesis on Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics under the supervision of Nigel Weiss, before moving to the University of Warwick and transitioning into the field of infectious disease modelling, a field he has worked in ever since.
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