Julia Wolf

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Julia Wolf is a British mathematician specialising in arithmetic combinatorics who was the 2016 winner of the Anne Bennett Prize of the London Mathematical Society.[1][2] She is currently university lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Wolf writes that her childhood ambition was to become a carpenter, and that she became attracted to science only after subscribing to Scientific American as a teenager.[4]

She read mathematics at Clare College, Cambridge, earning a bachelor's degree there in 2002 and completing the Mathematical Tripos in 2003.[3] She remained at Cambridge for graduate study, and completed her PhD there in 2008. Her dissertation, Arithmetic Structure in Sets of Integers, was supervised by Timothy Gowers.[3][5] She was also mentored in her doctoral studies by Ben Green, whom she met when he was a postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge from 2001 to 2005.[6]

Since earning her doctorate she has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California, Triennial assistant professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Hadamard associate professor at the École Polytechnique in Paris (earning a habilitation at the University of Paris-Sud in 2012), and Heilbronn reader in combinatorics and number theory at the University of Bristol.[3] She returned to Cambridge as university lecturer in 2018,[3][7] and will become a Fellow of Clare College.[8]


In 2016 the London Mathematical Society gave Wolf their Anne Bennett Prize "in recognition of her outstanding contributions to additive number theory, combinatorics and harmonic analysis and to the mathematical community."[1][2] The award citation particularly cited her work with Gowers on counting solutions to systems of linear equations over abelian groups, and her work on quadratic analogues of the Goldreich–Levin theorem.[2]


  1. ^ a b Dr Julia Wolf wins LMS Anne Bennett Prize, University of Bristol School of Mathematics, 8 July 2016, retrieved 2018-09-09
  2. ^ a b c "Prizewinners 2016", Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, 48 (6): 1051–1058, December 2016, doi:10.1112/blms/bdw065
  3. ^ a b c d e Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2018-09-09
  4. ^ Parkes, Pamela (28 September 2015), "Bristol women at the forefront of science", Bristol 24/7
  5. ^ Julia Wolf at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ Green, Ben, Current and former students, retrieved 2018-09-09
  7. ^ "Elections, appointments, reappointments, and grant of title", Cambridge University Reporter, 6509, 6 June 2018
  8. ^ Mathematics, Clare College, Cambridge, retrieved 2018-09-09

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