Robin Wilson (mathematician)
The Honourable Robin Wilson 


Born  United Kingdom 
5 December 1943
Citizenship  United Kingdom 
Alma mater  University College School, Hampstead, London University of Oxford (Balliol College) University of Pennsylvania 
Scientific career  
Fields  Graph Theory 
Institutions  Open University, Pembroke College, Oxford, Gresham College 
Doctoral advisor  Nesmith Ankeny 
Robin James Wilson (born 5 December 1943) is an emeritus professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Open University, having previously been Head of the Pure Mathematics Department and Dean of the Faculty.^{[1]} He was a Stipendiary Lecturer at Pembroke College, Oxford^{[2]} and, as of 2006^{[update]}, Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London, where he has also been a visiting professor.^{[3]} On occasion, he guestteaches at Colorado College in the United States.^{[4]}
From January 1999 to September 2003, Robin Wilson was editorinchief of the European Mathematical Society Newsletter.^{[5]}
Robin Wilson is the son of Harold Wilson, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He is married with two daughters.^{[6]}
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Education[edit]
 University College School (an independent school), in Hampstead, North London.
 BA First Class Honours in Mathematics from Balliol College, Oxford
 MA from the University of Pennsylvania
 PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (1965–1968)
 BA First Class Honours in Humanities with Music from the Open University.
Mathematics[edit]
Wilson's academic interests lie in graph theory, particularly in colouring problems, e.g. the four colour problem, and algebraic properties of graphs.
He also researches the history of mathematics, particularly British mathematics and mathematics in the 17th century and the period 1860 to 1940 and the history of graph theory and combinatorics.
In 1974 he won the Lester R. Ford Award from the Mathematical Association of America for his expository article An introduction to matroid theory.^{[7]}^{[8]}
Due to his collaboration on a 1977 paper^{[9]} with the noted Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős, Wilson has an Erdős number of 1.
In July 2008 he published a study of the mathematical work of Lewis Carroll, the creator of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the LookingGlass — Lewis Carroll in Numberland: His Fantastical Mathematical Logical Life (Allen Lane, 2008. ISBN 9780713997576).
He is President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics.^{[10]}
Other interests[edit]
He has strong interests in music, including the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, and is the coauthor (with Frederic Lloyd) of Gilbert and Sullivan: The Official D'Oyly Carte Picture History.^{[11]} In 2007 he was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3.^{[12]}
Other publications[edit]
Wilson has written or edited about thirty books to date, including popular books on sudoku and the Four Color Theorem:
 The Turing Guide (with Jack Copeland, Jonathan Bowen, Mark Sprevak, et al.), Oxford University Press, 2017: ISBN 9780198747826 (hardcover), ISBN 9780198747833 (paperback)^{[13]}
 Combinatorics: Ancient & Modern (with John Watkins), Oxford University Press, 2013: ISBN 0199656592
 The Great Mathematicians (with Raymond Flood), Arcturus Publishing Ltd, 2011: ISBN 1848379021
 Hidden Word Sudoku, Infinite Ideas Limited 2005: ISBN 190490274X
 How to Solve Sudoku, Infinite Ideas Limited 2005: ISBN 1904902626
 Sherlock Holmes in Babylon and Other Tales of Mathematical History (coedited with Marlow Anderson and Victor J. Katz), The Mathematical Association of America, 2004: ISBN 0883855461
 Mathematics and Music: From Pythagoras to Fractals (coedited with John Fauvel & Raymond Flood), Oxford University Press, 2003: ISBN 0198511876
 Four Colours Suffice: How the Map Problem Was Solved, Allen Lane (Penguin), 2002: ISBN 0713996706
 Stamping through Mathematics, Springer, 2001: ISBN 0387989498
 Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences (with John Fauvel & Raymond Flood), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2000: ISBN 0198523092
 Graphs and Applications: An Introductory Approach (with Joan Aldous), Springer, 2000: ISBN 185233259X
 Mathematical Conversations: Selections from the Mathematical Intelligencer (with J. Gray), Springer, 2000: ISBN 0387986863
 An Atlas of Graphs (with Ronald Read), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998: ISBN 019853289X (paperback edition, 2002: ISBN 0198526504)
 Graph Theory 17361936 (with Norman L. Biggs and Keith Lloyd), Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1976: ISBN 0198539010
References[edit]
 ^ "Prof Robin Wilson". UK: Open University, Department of Mathematics And Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
 ^ Pembroke College website
 ^ "Professor Robin Wilson". Gresham College. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
 ^ "Block Visitors" (PDF). Countable Bits. The Colorado College Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. May 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
 ^ European Mathematical Society Newsletter, No 49, September 2003, ISSN 1027488X
 ^ John Crace (7 October 2008). "Serious showman". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
 ^ Paul R. Halmos – Lester R. Ford Awards, Mathematical Association of America
 ^ Wilson, R. J. (1973). "An introduction to matroid theory". Amer. Math. Monthly. 80: 500–525. doi:10.2307/2319608.
 ^ "On the chromatic index of almost all graphs". Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B. 23: 255–257. doi:10.1016/00958956(77)900399.
 ^ "Professor Robin Wilson". Open University. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
 ^ Knopf, 1984. ISBN 9780394541136
 ^ BBC Radio 3
 ^ Robinson, Andrew (4 January 2017). "The Turing Guide: Last words on an enigmatic codebreaker?". New Scientist.
External links[edit]
 Robin Wilson's Page at the Open University
 Robin Wilson's entry in the Faculty of Mathematics and Computing at the Open University
 Lectures by Robin Wilson at Gresham College
 Robin Wilson's entry at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
 Works by or about Robin Wilson in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
 Robin Wilson on IMDb
 1943 births
 Living people
 British people of English descent
 People educated at University College School
 Alumni of Balliol College, Oxford
 Alumni of the Open University
 University of Pennsylvania alumni
 Fellows of Keble College, Oxford
 Professors of Gresham College
 Historians of mathematics
 20thcentury British mathematicians
 21stcentury British mathematicians
 Graph theorists
 Eldest sons of barons
 Children of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom
 Harold Wilson