Professor Marcus du Sautoy

Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE is the second holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.

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A Fellow of New College, Oxford, and winner of the 2001 Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society, Professor du Sautoy regularly writes for The Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

He presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2006 and has also written numerous academic articles and popular books on mathematics, including the bestseller The Music of the Primes, which was also televised on BBC Four in 2005. His latest book Finding Moonshine was published in February 2008. In the 2010 New Year Honours, Professor du Sautoy was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Professor du Sautoy has been involved in science at Oxford since 1983 when he first arrived as a mathematics undergraduate. He is a member of the University's Mathematical Institute and is a Senior Media Fellow of the EPSRC. His research interests include understanding the world of symmetry using zeta functions, a classical tool from number theory. His work uses a wide range of methods including p-adic Lie groups, model theory, algebraic geometry and analytic methods.

Commenting on his new appointment, Professor du Sautoy said: 'For me, science is about discovery but it is also about communication. A scientific discovery barely exists until it is communicated and brought to life in the minds of others.'

'I am passionately dedicated to giving as many people as possible access to the exciting and beautiful world of mathematics and science that I inhabit. I want to reveal why it is such a powerful way to understand the world. A mathematically and scientifically literate society is essential given the huge role science now plays in our world.'

Dr Charles Simonyi said: 'I am elated by the announcement that Professor Marcus du Sautoy will be the new Simonyi Professor for two reasons. First, he is an outstanding mathematician as well as a great communicator of ideas and thus embodies the ideals of the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science just as Professor Dawkins, his predecessor did. But I am also very pleased that Mathematics - the Queen of Sciences according to Gauss - will now be the vehicle for bringing to the public the beauty and excitement of science.'

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Finding Moonshine