Nicholas Shepherd-Barron

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Nick Shepherd-Barron
Nicholas Ian Shepherd-Barron

(1955-03-17) March 17, 1955 (age 64)
ResidenceCambridge, England
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge, King's College London
ThesisSome Questions on Singularities in Two and Three Dimensions (1981)
Doctoral advisorMiles 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 (subscription required)