Elizabeth Mansfield (mathematician)

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Elizabeth Louise Mansfield FIMA is an Australian mathematician whose research includes the study of moving frames and conservation laws for discretisations of physical systems.[1] She is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and was the first female full professor of mathematics at the University of Kent.[2] She was one of the founding co-editors of the LMS Journal of Computation and Mathematics, a journal published by the London Mathematical Society from 1998 to 2015.[3]

Mansfield obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in 1991. Her dissertation, Differential Gröbner Bases, was supervised by Edward Douglas Fackerell.[4] At the University of Kent, she is a professor in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science.[2]

Mansfield is one of the namesakes of the Estevez–Mansfield–Clarkson equation.[5] She is the author of a book on the method of moving frames, A Practical Guide to the Invariant Calculus (Cambridge Monographs on Applied and Computational Mathematics 26, Cambridge University Press, 2012).[6] In 2018, she organized the Noether Celebration in London, a conference concerning the works of Emmy Noether, whom Mansfield cites as an inspiration for her own work.[7]


  1. ^ Scientific advisory committee, Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, retrieved 2018-10-13
  2. ^ a b Professor Elizabeth Mansfield Recognised by the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications, University of Kent, 28 June 2018, retrieved 2018-10-13
  3. ^ LMS Journal of Computation and Mathematics, London Mathematical Society, retrieved 2018-10-13
  4. ^ Elizabeth Mansfield at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ Yan, Zhen-Ya (2002), "Abundant symmetries and exact compacton-like structures in the two-parameter family of the Estevez–Mansfield–Clarkson equations", Communications in Theoretical Physics, 37 (1): 27–34, doi:10.1088/0253-6102/37/1/27, MR 1926217
  6. ^ Reviews of A Practical Guide to the Invariant Calculus:
    • Garrity, Thomas (2011), Mathematical Reviews, MR 2656212
    • Olver, Peter J. (2011), SIAM Review, 53 (3): 596–599, JSTOR 23070159, MR 2858548
  7. ^ "Celebrate the mathematics of Emmy Noether", Nature, 561: 149–150, 12 September 2018, doi:10.1038/d41586-018-06658-w