Frank Kelly (mathematician)

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Frank Kelly
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Kelly at the EPFL, 15 October 2007
Born (1950-12-28) 28 December 1950 (age 68)
Alma materDurham University (BSc)
University of Cambridge (PhD)
Known forQuasireversibility
Dynamic Alternative Routing
Congestion control
Loss networks
AwardsDavidson Prize (1979)
Guy Medal in Silver (1989)
Fellow of the Royal Society (1989)
Frederick W. Lanchester Prize (1991)
John von Neumann Theory Prize (2008) Foreign Member, NAE (2012)
IEEE Alexandar Bell Medal (2015)
David Crighton Medal (2015)
Scientific career
Queueing theory
Network theory
ThesisThe Equilibrium Behaviour of Stochastic Models of Interaction and Flow[1] (1976)
Doctoral advisorPeter Whittle

Francis Patrick Kelly, CBE, FRS (born 28 December 1950) is Professor of the Mathematics of Systems at the Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He served as Master of Christ's College, Cambridge from 2006 to 2016.

Kelly's research interests are in random processes, networks and optimisation, especially in very large-scale systems such as telecommunication or transportation networks. In the 1980s, he worked with colleagues in Cambridge and at British Telecom's Research Labs on Dynamic Alternative Routing in telephone networks, which was implemented in BT's main digital telephone network. He has also worked on the economic theory of pricing to congestion control and fair resource allocation in the internet. From 2003 to 2006 he served as Chief Scientific Advisor to the United Kingdom Department for Transport.

Kelly was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989. In December 2006 he was elected 37th Master of Christ's College, Cambridge. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to mathematical science.[2]



  • Kelly, F. P. (1994). Probability, statistics and optimisation: A Tribute to Peter Whittle. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.


  1. ^ Frank Kelly at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 8.
  3. ^ "Heriot-Watt University". Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Frank Kelly Wins the 2009 SIGMETRICS Achievement Award". ACM SIGMETRICS. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
  5. ^ "New Year Honours List 2013 – General List" (PDF). Cabinet Office. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
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  7. ^ "David Crighton Lecture 2016". Retrieved 12 April 2016.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Malcolm Bowie
Master of Christ's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Jane Stapleton