Sir Andrew Wiles Appointed Regius Professor

Honorary Clare Fellow Sir Andrew Wiles (Mathematics, 1974), has been appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as Oxford’s first Regius Professor of Mathematics. This occasions marks the first Regius Professorship awarded to Oxford since 1842. Sir Andrew received his B.A. at Merton College, Oxford before completing his Ph.D. at Clare. Celebrated for his proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem, Sir Andrew is one of the world’s most well-known mathematicians. In 2016 he was awarded the highest honour in mathematics, the Abel Prize, followed by the Royal Society’s oldest and most prestigious award, the Copley medal, in 2017.

Sir Andrew, a Fellow of Merton College, is the Royal Society Research Professor of Mathematics at Oxford. His colleague Professor Martin Bridson, Head of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute, said: “It is entirely fitting that the first holder of this Professorship should be Sir Andrew Wiles. Nobody exemplifies the relentless pursuit of mathematical understanding in the service of mankind better than him.”

The rare title was granted as part of the Queen’s 90^{th} birthday celebrations. Sir Andrew’s father, the Rev Maurice Wiles, was a Dean and Fellow of Clare as well as Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford.

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