Royal Society Fellowship for Marcus du Sautoy

5th May 2016

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Wadham alumnus Marcus du Sautoy (Mathematics, 1983), is one of fifty new Fellows of the Royal Society. Marcus is Professor of Mathematics and Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.

  • Marcus du Sautoy speaking at the Sheldonian for Wadham's Invention of Modern Science event in 2014

His election recognises his remarkable achievements in explaining scientific and mathematical ideas to a global audience and his eminent research that has completely transformed the study of zeta functions of groups. Marcus is well known as the presenter of the BBC series The Story of Maths and many other programmes on television and radio.

Marcus’s research uses classical tools from number theory to explore the mathematics of symmetry. He applies methods from a wide range of mathematics: zeta functions, algebraic geometry, model theory, analysis, Lie groups and more.

He is author of four popular science books: The Music of the Primes (2003), Finding Moonshine (2008), The Number Mysteries (2010) and What We Cannot Know (2016) and has presented numerous radio and TV series.  He works extensively with a range of arts organisations bringing science alive for the public, from The Royal Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival.

In 2009 Marcus was awarded the Royal Society’s Faraday Prize, the UK’s premier award for excellence in communicating science. He received an OBE for services to science in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.

Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, commented: “The scientists elected to the Fellowship are leaders who have advanced their fields through their ground-breaking work. We are delighted to welcome them to the Royal Society.”

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