William Shaw (mathematician)

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William Shaw (born 14 May 1958) is a British professor of the mathematics and computation of risk at University College London. He is a consultant on financial derivatives, an author of a primary book on using Mathematica to model financial derivatives, co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Applied Mathematical Finance, and a member of the Mathematics and Computer Science Departments at University College London.

Shaw studied at King's College, Cambridge, where he studied mathematics; he was Wrangler and earned a B.A. in 1980. In 1981 he won the Mayhew Prize[1] for his performance on the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos, and in 1984 he received a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from Wolfson College, Oxford. From 1984 to 1987 he was a research fellow at Cambridge and C.L.E. Moore Instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from 1991 to 2002 he was a lecturer in mathematics at Balliol College, Oxford, and in 2002 he moved to St Catherine's College, Oxford, where he was University lecturer in financial mathematics. In 2006 he moved to a Professorship at King's College London and in 2011 to UCL.


  • Applied Mathematica: Getting Started, Getting it Done by W.T. Shaw and J. Tigg. Addison-Wesley, 1993.
  • Modelling Financial Derivatives with Mathematica by W.T. Shaw, Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • Complex Analysis with Mathematica by W.T. Shaw, Cambridge University Press, 2006.


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