Nina Snaith

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Nina Claire Snaith is a British mathematician at the University of Bristol working in random matrix theory and quantum chaos.

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[1] by 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.[2]

Nina Snaith is the sister of mathematician and musician Dan Snaith.

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2008, she was awarded the London Mathematical Society's Whitehead Prize.

In 2014 Snaith delivered the 2014 Hanna Neuman Lecture [3] to honour the achievements of women in mathematics.


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  2. ^ Nina Claire Snaith, Mathematical Genealogy Project
  3. ^ "Hanna Neumann Lecture r".