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Jonathan Keating

Professor Jonathan Keating FRS


Elected: 2009


Jonathan Keating is a mathematical physicist who is renowned for his contributions to the field of quantum mechanics, which is the study of very small particles down to the nanoscopic scale, and for developing links with pure mathematics. Quantum mechanics has fascinating and wide-reaching applications, including super-accurate clocks, encryption and powerful computers.

He is best known for his findings in quantum mechanics and its connection with the study of prime numbers. His work alongside Michael Berry is an influential contribution to the field. Jonathan also focuses on quantum chaos — a cutting-edge field that studies the motion of particles at the border between Newton’s laws of motion and the laws of quantum mechanics.

Jonathan is currently Henry Overton Wills Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bristol. He was an EPSRC Senior Research Fellow from 2004–2009. In 2010, he was awarded the London Mathematical Society’s Frölich Prize, and in 2014 he was awarded the Wolfson Research Merit Award by the Royal Society.

Professional positions

Henry Overton Wills Professor of Mathematics, School of Mathematics, University of Bristol

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Number theory, Quantum mechanics