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Mary Rees

Professor Mary Rees FRS


Elected: 2002


Mary Rees is a mathematician who specialises in complex dynamical systems. This involves the study of complex mathematical models such as those that describe the swinging of a clock pendulum or the flow of water in a pipe. Her influential work has contributed to an upsurge of interest in the field.

Mary’s field of mathematics has strong connections with other areas, particularly with various types of geometry. Throughout her career, she has worked on numerous key mathematical theorems. Mary has also published important papers and textbooks in her field and received the Whitehead Prize of the London Mathematical Society in 1988 for her spectacular work on rational maps.

She is Professor of Mathematics at Liverpool University and regularly participates in mathematics workshops and symposiums. The daughter of distinguished mathematician, David Rees, who played an important role in breaking the Enigma ciphers at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, her sister Sarah is also a mathematician.

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Complex dynamics, Teichm├╝ller theory