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Ian Macdonald

Professor Ian Macdonald FRS


Elected: 1979


Ian Macdonald has made interesting contributions over a wide range of topics in algebra, demonstrating throughout a truly remarkable flair for producing explicit and elegant formulae in the most complex problems. He has brought his great technical skill to bear with striking success on deep problems connected with the theory of matrix groups. He has also shed entirely new light on a number of classical identities of interest in number theory.

Professional positions

Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics, Queen Mary University of London

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Combinatorics, lie theory