Ursula Martin

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Ursula Hilda Mary Martin CBE (born 1953) is a British computer scientist, with research interests in theoretical computer science and formal methods. She is also known for her activities aimed at encouraging women in the fields of computing and mathematics.

She is Professor of Computer Science in the University of Oxford, and holds an EPSRC Established Career Fellowship. Prior to this she held a chair of Computer Science in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London, where she was Vice-Principal of Science and Engineering 2005-2009.


Ursula Martin began in mathematics working in group theory, later moving into string rewriting systems.[1] She gained an MA from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Warwick, both in mathematics. She has held academic posts at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.), the University of Manchester (UK), Royal Holloway, University of London She has made sabbatical visits to MIT and SRI International (Menlo Park).

From 1992 to 2002, she was Professor of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She was the first female professor at the University since its foundation in 1411.[2]

From 2003 to 2005, Ursula Martin was seconded to the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory part-time as Director of the Women@CL project to lead local, national and international initiatives for women in computing, supported by Microsoft Research and Intel Cambridge Research. She was a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge.

She has been an Advisory Editor for the Annals of Pure and Applied Logic journal (published by Elsevier) and on the editorial boards for The Journal of Computation and Mathematics (London Mathematical Society) and Formal Aspects of Computing (Springer-Verlag).

Honours and awards[edit]

Martin was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to computer science.[3]


  1. ^ Graham A. Niblo; Martin A. Roller (30 July 1993). Geometric Group Theory:. Cambridge University Press. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-521-43529-1. 
  2. ^ "Department of Computer Science: Ursula Martin". University of Oxford. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 7. 31 December 2011.

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