Vicky Neale

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Vicky Neale
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
Alma mater
Scientific career
ThesisBracket quadratics as asymptotic bases for the natural numbers (2011)
Doctoral advisorBen Green

Vicky Neale is a British mathematician and writer. She is Whitehead Lecturer at Oxford's Mathematical Institute and Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College.[1][2] Her research specialty is number theory. The author of the 2017 book Closing the Gap: The Quest to Understand Prime Numbers,[3][4] she has been interviewed on several BBC radio programs as a mathematics expert.[5][6] In addition, she has written for The Conversation and The Guardian.[7][8] Her other educational and outreach activities include lecturing at the PROMYS Europe high-school program[9] and helping to organize the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad.[10]

Neale obtained her PhD in 2011 from the University of Cambridge. Her thesis work, supervised by Ben Joseph Green, concerned Waring's problem.[1][11] She then taught at Cambridge while being Director of Studies in mathematics at Murray Edwards College,[10][12] before moving to Oxford in the summer of 2014.[13]


  1. ^ a b Neale, Vicky (3 August 2018). "Homepage". Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Speakers and Panellists - ACME". Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
    "BCME 9 Plenary Speakers". British Congress of Mathematics Education. 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. ^ Neale, Vicky (2017). Closing the Gap: The Quest to Understand Prime Numbers. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198788287. OCLC 1030559953.
  4. ^ Reviews of Closing the Gap include the following:
  5. ^ Among her appearances are the following:
  6. ^ She is also quoted as a mathematics expert in, for example,
  7. ^ Neale, Vicky (17 February 2017). "Mathematics is beautiful (no, really)". The Conversation. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  8. ^ Neale, Vicky (26 November 2015). "Solving for Xmas: how to make mathematical Christmas cards". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Annual Report 2016" (PDF). Clay Mathematics Institute. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Principal Faculty | PROMYS-Europe: Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists". Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  11. ^ Vicky Neale at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  12. ^ Gowers, Timothy (11 January 2014). "Introduction to Cambridge IA Analysis I 2014". Gowers' Weblog. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Balliol Maths: a plurality of women". Floreat Domus 2015. Balliol College. Retrieved 10 August 2018.