Nicholas Shepherd-Barron

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Nick Shepherd-Barron
Born Nicholas Ian Shepherd-Barron
(1955-03-17) March 17, 1955 (age 63)
Residence Cambridge, England
Scientific career
Institutions University of Cambridge, King's College London
Thesis Some Questions on Singularities in Two and Three Dimensions (1981)
Doctoral advisor Miles Reid[1]

Nicholas Ian Shepherd-Barron, FRS (born 17 March 1955), is a British mathematician working in algebraic geometry. He is, since 2013, professor of mathematics at King's College London,[2] having moved there from his previous position at the University of Cambridge. Having been a Fellow for more than 20 years, Shepherd-Barron retains a life Fellowship of Trinity College, Cambridge.[1][3]


He was a scholar of Winchester College. He obtained his B.A. at Jesus College, Cambridge in 1976, and studied for a Ph.D. at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Miles Reid, graduating in 1981.[1][4]

Career and research[edit]

He worked initially in the area of birational geometry and Mori theory. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006. He works on the classification of higher-dimensional varieties.

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of John Shepherd-Barron, a Scottish inventor.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Nicholas Shepherd-Barron at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
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  3. ^ "Nicholas Shepherd-Barron home page". 
  4. ^ SHEPHERD-BARRON, Nicholas Ian. Who's Who. 2018 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)