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I am a Pure Mathematician. After studying mathematics and physics at Heidelberg I did my doctorate at Imperial College under the supervision of Oliver Pretzel.

I work in algebraic combinatorics, finite permutation group theory and applications in finite geometry and reconstruction theory.

Follow this link for details of current PhD opportunities in Mathematics. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.



1985 -  University of East Anglia, Senior Lecturer 1993, Reader 1997 to date  

1984 - 1985  Research Fellow,  Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung und Wirtschaftspolitik, Universität Karlsruhe 

1983 - 1984 Visiting Professor (CNR), Università degli Studi di Milano

1979 - 1983  Lecturer in Mathematics, National University of Ireland

1976 - 1979  Doctoral studies, Imperial College (funded by IC European Exchange Scholarship and German Government)  PhD of London University 1979 and DIC 1979 

1970 - 1976  Universität Heidelberg, Diplom in Mathematik und Physik, First Class 

Visiting Appointments:  Universität Heidelberg (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), Free University of Brussels (British Council), Rome (Italian Research Council CNR), Milan (CNR), Brescia (CNR), Renyi Institut Budapest (EU), Extended visits to Shanghai (Natural Science Foundation of PR China), Beijing (NSF PR of China), Taipei (Acad Sinica Taiwan) and Xi'an.


Key Research Interests

Algebraic combinatorics and finite permutation group theory. Reconstruction problems for permutation groups and combinatorics, applications to coding theory and graph theory. Finite geometries and related representation theory.


Areas of Expertise

Algebra; geometry; group theory; combinatorics; finite geometries.


Teaching Interests

Linear Algebra, Geometry, Algebra, Combinatorics, Group Theory, Graph Theory; History of Mathematics


Administrative Posts

Lead coordinator Tempus Joint European Project 'Discrete Mathematics and Applications', Lead coordinator Erasmus Graduate Exchange Program, MTH Director of Teaching, MTH Chairman of MTH Examinationers  (2008 - 2015)


Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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