Peter M. Neumann

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Peter Neumann
Peter Neumann, 2013
Born (1940-12-28) 28 December 1940 (age 78)
Alma materThe Queen's College, Oxford
AwardsSenior Whitehead Prize (2003) David Crighton Medal (2012)
Scientific career
FieldsAlgebra and history of algebra
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
Doctoral advisorGraham Higman
Doctoral students
  • Amato, Daniela
  • Atkinson, J. Graham
  • Atkinson, Michael
  • Audu, Muhammed
  • Bamblett, Jane
  • Behrendt, Gerhard
  • Bhattacharjee, Meenaxi
  • Bhattacharya, Prabir
  • Blackburn, Simon
  • Britnell, John
  • Bruyns, Peter
  • Brydon, Duncan
  • Peter Cameron
  • Cook, John
  • Cooper, David
  • Cretney, Rosanna
  • David Evans
  • Catherine Greenhill
  • Huang, Jia Lun
  • Jones, Gareth
  • Langworthy, Alan
  • Liebeck, Martin
  • McIsaac, Anthony
  • McIver, Annabelle
  • McKay, Susan
  • Colin McNab
  • Möller, Rögnvaldur
  • Pantelidakis, Ioannis
  • Cheryl Praeger
  • Ramsay, Denise
  • Ronse, Christian
  • Saxl, Jan
  • Sharp, Graham
  • Smith, Simon
  • Spencer, Andrew
  • Tompson, Julia
  • Tyrer-Jones, J. Mary
  • Vaughan-Lee, Michael
  • Venkataraman, Geetha

Peter Michael Neumann OBE (born 28 December 1940) is a British mathematician. He is a son of the mathematicians Bernhard Neumann and Hanna Neumann and, after gaining a B.A. from The Queen's College, Oxford in 1963, obtained his D.Phil from Oxford University in 1966.

He was a Tutorial Fellow at the Queen's College, Oxford and a lecturer at Oxford University.[2] After retiring in 2008, he became an Emeritus Fellow at the Queen's College. His work has been in the field of group theory. He is also known for solving Alhazen's problem in 1997.[3]

In 1987, he won the Lester R. Ford Award of the Mathematical Association of America for his review of Harold Edwards' book Galois Theory.[4][5] In 2003, the London Mathematical Society awarded him the Senior Whitehead Prize.[6] He was the first Chairman of the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, from October 1996 to April 2004, succeeded by Bernard Silverman.[7] He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.[8]


  1. ^ "Dr Peter M Neumann, O.B.E." The Queen’s College, Oxford. Retrieved 26 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Enumeration of Finite Groups (Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics) — About the Author". Retrieved 30 December 2007.
  3. ^ Highfield, Roger (1 April 1997). "Don solves the last puzzle left by ancient Greeks". Electronic Telegraph. 676. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  4. ^ The Lester R. Ford Award, MAA, retrieved 2010-02-01.
  5. ^ "Book Review of Galois Theory by Harold M. Edwards". Amer. Math. Monthly. 93: 407–411. 1986. doi:10.2307/2323619.
  6. ^ London Mathematical Society. "List of Prizewinners". Retrieved 8 July 2007.
  7. ^ United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (2004). The UK Mathematics Trust Yearbook 2003–2004. ISBN 0953682358.
  8. ^ "Officers of the Order of the British Empire" (PDF). BBC. p. 32. Retrieved 27 January 2010.

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