Mike Steel (mathematician)

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Michael A. Steel (born May 1960) is a New Zealand mathematician and statistician, a professor of mathematics and statistics and the director of the Biomathematics Research Centre at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.[1] He is known for his research on modeling and reconstructing evolutionary trees.


Steel studied at the University of Canterbury, earning a bachelor's degree in 1982, a masters in 1983, and a degree in journalism in 1985. He then moved to Massey University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1989. He joined the Canterbury faculty in 1994.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Steel won the Hamilton Memorial Prize of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1994; this prize is given annually to a New Zealand mathematician for work done within five years of a Ph.D.[2]

In 1999 he won the research award of the New Zealand Mathematical Society "for his fundamental contributions to the mathematical understanding of phylogeny, demonstrating a capacity for hard creative work in combinatorics and statistics and an excellent understanding of the biological implications of his results."[3]

He became a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2003.[4]

In 2018, Steel was elected as a Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology, for his outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics.[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Semple, Charles; Steel, Mike (2003), Phylogenetics, Oxford lecture series in mathematics and its applications, 24, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-850942-4.
  • Lockhart, P. J.; Steel, M. A.; Hendy, M. D.; Penny, D. (1994), "Recovering evolutionary trees under a more realistic model of sequence evolution.", Molecular Biology and Evolution, 11 (4): 605–612, PMID 19391266.


  1. ^ a b Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2012-03-07.
  2. ^ President's Report 1994/1995 Archived 2009-06-17 at the Wayback Machine., New Zealand Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-03-07.
  3. ^ New Zealand Mathematical Society awards, retrieved 2012-03-07.
  4. ^ Fellow biography, RSNZ, retrieved 2012-03-07.
  5. ^ "ISCB Fellows". www.iscb.org. Retrieved 14 February 2018.

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