Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

The Andrew Wiles Building, home of the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford and featuring the Penrose tiling at its entrance, completed in 2013.

The Mathematical Institute is the mathematics department at the University of Oxford, England. It forms one of the ten departments of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisional Board in the University.


Oxford Mathematics includes both pure and applied mathematics (statistics is a separate department) and is one of the largest and most respected mathematics departments in the UK with about 90 faculty.[1] Its research covers a range of fields from, for example, Algebra and Number Theory to the applications of mathematics to industry, climate, and the brain. It has over 850 undergraduates, over 200 postgraduates and around 150 MSc students.

As of Michaelmas term 2013 Oxford Mathematics has been unified and is now housed in the striking, purpose built Andrew Wiles Building on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter in North Oxford, near the original Radcliffe Observatory. Sir Andrew Wiles, a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford, is best known for proving Fermat's Last Theorem.

Senior academic staff: professors

Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS is an emeritus professor at the institute.

Oxford Mathematics has a number of "statutory chairs" in both pure and applied mathematics:

The chairs in applied mathematics are:


Sir Roger Penrose is a prominent emeritus member of the Institute. Sir Michael Atiyah was another prominent member between 1961 and 1990.[3]


Former Mathematical Institute building, built in 1966.

Prior to this the Institute was located in multiple buildings. The main one was built in 1966 and was located at the northern end of St Giles' near the junction with Banbury Road in central north Oxford.[4] The building of the old institute was originally proposed by G.H. Hardy at least 30 years earlier.[5] In addition, the Institute had two annexes, also located close to the centre of Oxford. These were in Dartington House, situated on Little Clarendon Street, and the Gibson Building, situated further north, on the site of the Radcliffe Infirmary.[6] In 2015, episode "What Lies Tangled" of the British television detective drama Lewis was filmed in the Mathematical Institute. New Mathematical Institute building (Andrew Wiles Building) plays itself in this episode.


  1. Comparing top mathematics departments in universities in the UK 2008, University of Manchester, UK.
  2. The Simonyi Professorship, University of Oxford, UK.
  3. Michael Atiyah, Some personal reminiscences. In John Fauvel, Raymond Flood, and Robin Wilson (editors), Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences, Oxford University Press, 2000. Chapter 15, pages 257–267. ISBN 0-19-852309-2.
  4. Mathematical Institute,
  5. The British Society for the History of Mathematics Gazetteer, University of Warwick, UK.
  6. About, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, UK.
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