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Martin Bridson

Professor Martin Bridson FRS


Elected: 2016


Martin Bridson FRS is a mathematician renowned for his work in geometry, topology and group theory (the study of symmetry). He is the Whitehead Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Oxford, Head of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute, and a Fellow of Magdalen College.

Born in the Isle of Man and educated at state schools, Bridson was an undergraduate at Hertford College Oxford and did his graduate work at Cornell University in New York, earning a PhD in 1991. He subsequently held faculty positions at Princeton University, the University of Geneva, and Imperial College London.

His honours include the Whitehead Prize of the London Mathematical Society (1999), the Forder Lectureship of the New Zealand Mathematical Society (2005), and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2012). He gave an Abel Prize Lecture in Oslo in 2009 and was an Invited Speaker at the quadrennial International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid in 2006. Bridson was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2015. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, in recognition of his “leading role in establishing geometric group theory as a major field of mathematics.”

Professional positions

Whitehead Professor of Pure Mathematics and Head of Department, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Geometry, Molecular symmetry group theory, Topology