Martin Bridson

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Martin Bridson

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Martin Bridson at the Royal Society admissions day in London in 2016
Martin Robert Bridson

1964 (age 54–55)[1]
EducationSt Ninian's High School, Douglas
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BA)
Cornell University (PhD)
Scientific career
FieldsGeometric Group Theory
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
ThesisGeodesics and Curvature in Metric Simplicial Complexes (1991)
Doctoral advisorKaren Vogtmann[2]
Doctoral studentsDaniel Wise[2]

Martin Robert Bridson FRS is a Manx mathematician. He is the Whitehead Professor of Pure Mathematics at Oxford, and Head of the Clay Mathematics Institute Institute. He previously held the role of Head of University of Oxford's Mathematical Institute. He is a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. Specializing in geometry, topology and group theory, Bridson is best known for his work in Geometric Group Theory.[2][3][4]

Education and early life[edit]

Martin Bridson at Oberwolfach in 2013

Bridson is a native of the Isle of Man.[5] He was educated at St Ninian's High School, Douglas, then Hertford College, Oxford, and Cornell University,[1] receiving a Master of Arts degree from Oxford in 1986, and a Master of Science degree in 1988 followed by a PhD in 1991 from Cornell.[6][2] His PhD thesis was supervised by Karen Vogtmann,[2] and was entitled Geodesics and Curvature in Metric Simplicial Complexes.

Career and research[edit]

He was an Assistant Professor at Princeton University until 1996, was twice a Visiting Professor at the University of Geneva (1992 and 2006), and was Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College London from 2002 to 2007. From 1993 to 2002 he was a Tutorial Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, and Reader (1996) then Professor of Topology (2000) in the University of Oxford. He remains a Supernumerary Fellow of Pembroke College.[7] In 2016, Bridson became only the second manxman to ever be elected to the Royal Society, after Edward Forbes.

Honours and awards[edit]

Bridson was an Invited Lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2006.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Anon (2017). Bridson, Prof. Martin Robert. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.250830. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d e Martin Bridson at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Martin Bridson publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Martin Bridson publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  5. ^ "WEDDINGS;Julie A. Lynch, Martin R. Bridson".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-07-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Bridson, Martin. "Martin R. Bridson".
  8. ^ "Martin bridson biography". Royal Society. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  9. ^ "American Mathematical Society".

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