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Marcus Peter Francis du Sautoy OBE (born in London, 26 August 1965) is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and is currently the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science. Formerly a Fellow of All Souls College, and Wadham College, he is now a Fellow of New College. He is currently an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow and was previously a Royal Society University Research Fellow. His academic work concerns mainly group theory and number theory. In October 2008, he was appointed to the Simonyi Professorship for the Public Understanding of Science, succeeding the inaugural holder Richard Dawkins.
He is known for his work popularizing mathematics. He has been named by The Independent on Sunday as one of the UK's leading scientists. In 2001 he won the Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society, which is awarded every two years to reward the best mathematical research by a mathematician under forty. He writes for The Times and The Guardian and has appeared several times on BBC Radio 4 and on television. He presented the television programme, Mind Games, on BBC Four. He has also written numerous academic articles and books on mathematics, the most recent being The Num8er My5teries. Du Sautoy is also on the advisory board of Mangahigh.com - an online maths game website and has appeared on Channel 4 News and on BBC Radio 4's Today programme promoting the service.
Du Sautoy is a supporter of Common Hope, an organisation that helps people in Guatemala. His surname is usually pronounced "doo'sohtoy" (stressing the second syllable).
He grew up in Henley-on-Thames and was educated at local comprehensives Gillott's School and King James's College (VI Form, now Henley College) and Wadham College, Oxford where he obtained first class honours in Mathematics, and then completed his D.Phil in mathematics. He currently lives in London with his wife and three children. He plays football and the trumpet.
In March, 2006, his article Prime Numbers Get Hitched was published on Seed Magazine's website. In it he explained how the number 42, mentioned in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as the answer to everything, is related to the Riemann zeta function. He has also published an article in the scientific magazine New Scientist.
In December 2006 du Sautoy delivered the 2006 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures under the collective title The Num8er My5teries. This was only the third time the subject of the lectures had been mathematics ... on the first occasion in 1978, when the lecture was delivered by Erik Christopher Zeeman, du Sautoy had been a schoolboy in the audience. The venue for the 2006 Christmas Lectures was the Institution of Engineering and Technology's headquarters at Savoy Place, London.
Du Sautoy is an atheist, but has stated that as holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science his focus is going to be "very much on the science and less on religion." He has described his own religion as being "Arsenal - football."
Du Sautoy was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.
Books
- The Music of the Primes (Fourth Estate 2003)
- Finding Moonshine (UK title, Fourth Estate 2007); A Journey into the Patterns of Nature (US title, 2008)
- A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life (Fourth Estate 2010)
Television
- The Story of Maths (BBC Four, 2008) is a four part series first broadcast on BBC Four. In this series he discovers techniques and theories from different times and cultures.
- Horizon: Alan and Marcus Go Forth and Multiply (BBC 2, 2009). Alan Davies embarks on a maths odyssey with the help of mathematician Marcus du Sautoy.
- Horizon: The Secret You (BBC 2, 2009). Marcus du Sautoy investigates self-awareness.
- Horizon: How Long is a Piece of String? (BBC 2, 2009). Alan Davies attempts to answer the proverbial question: how long is a piece of string? Featuring Marcus du Sautoy.
- Horizon: What Makes a Genius? (BBC 2, 2010). Marcus du Sautoy asks if geniuses' brains are fundamentally different from his.
Radio
- A Brief History of Mathematics (BBC Radio 4, 2010). du Sautoy presented a ten-part series profiling famous mathematicians.
Articles
- Prime Numbers Get Hitched, Seed, 27 March, 2006
Total Books: 21