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Dr Christopher Hollings

Clifford Norton Senior Research Fellow in the History of Mathematics

College Lecturer in Mathematics


I was both an undergraduate and a postgraduate student at the University of York, where I obtained an MMath and a PhD. Upon completion of the latter, I went to Portugal to take up a two-year research post at the Centro de Álgebra da Universidade de Lisboa. A further brief research position followed at the University of Manchester, after which I moved to Oxford in early 2010. Since then, I have held a range of different college and departmental positions within Oxford (including the Clifford Norton Studentship at Queen's, 2011-2013). I returned to Queen's in October 2015.


My teaching in Queen's covers first- and second-year analysis, from sequences and series, through to metric spaces and complex analysis. In the Mathematical Institute, where I am Departmental Lecturer in Mathematics and its History, I am responsible for the third-year course on the history of mathematics.


My background is in mathematics, and I began my research career with problems in abstract algebra. However, I have since moved over into the history of mathematics, where I research a range of topics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My interests include the development of abstract algebra, the growth of Soviet mathematics, and issues connected with scientific communication (in particular, the communications difficulties experienced by mathematicians, or scientists more generally, on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War).