Nina Claire Snaith
|Awards||Suffrage Science award (2018)|
Whitehead Prize (2008)
|Institutions||University of Bristol|
|Thesis||Random Matrix Theory and zeta functions (2000)|
|Doctoral advisor||Jonathan Keating|
Career and research
In 1998, she and her then adviser Jonathan Keating conjectured a value for the leading coefficient of the asymptotics of the moments of the Riemann zeta function. Keating and Snaith's guessed value for the constant was based on random-matrix theory, following a trend that started with Montgomery's pair correlation conjecture. Keating's and Snaith's work extended works by Brian Conrey, Ghosh, and Gonek, also conjectural, based on number theoretic heuristics; Conrey, Farmer, Keating, Rubinstein, and Snaith later conjectured the lower terms in the asymptotics of the moments. Snaith's work appeared in her doctoral thesis Random Matrix Theory and zeta functions.
Awards and honours
In 2008, she was awarded the London Mathematical Society's Whitehead Prize.
In 2014, Snaith delivered the 2014 Hanna Neuman Lecture  to honour the achievements of women in mathematics.