Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research

The Heilbronn Institute is a partnership between Bristol University and the Government Communications Headquarters. Established in October 2005, the Heilbronn brings together high-calibre mathematicians from various disciplines to conduct theoretical research into key areas of mathematics.

The Institute has about 30 members including both established researchers on secondment and some with recently awarded PhDs; their fields of expertise include topics in number theory, algebraic geometry, algebra, combinatorics, probability, quantum information, computational statistics and statistical learning.

Each member of the Institute spends half their time pursuing research directed by the Government Communications Headquarters, and the other half doing personal academic research. Research papers associated with the institute can be viewed on the Explore Bristol Research site. Research fellows of the institute are active in the Pure, Applied and Probability and Statistics research groups, including participation in a number of seminar series and reading groups.

The work of the Institute is managed by a Director and Associate Director, advised by Strategic Director Professor Trevor Wooley. The founding Director of the Heilbronn was Professor Elmer Rees and his successors were Professor Malcolm MacCallum and Professor Geoffrey Robinson.

Past and present contributors to the Institute's work have included many distinguished mathematicians, such as Profs. Sir John Ball, Bryan Birch, Clifford Cocks, David Hand, Roger Heath-Brown, Christopher Hooley, Frank Kelly, James Norris, Michael Paterson, Tony Scholl, Nicholas Shepherd-Barron, Sir Martin Taylor and Dominic Welsh.

The institute organizes a two-day annual conference and two or more workshops and 'Heilbronn Days' each year, and it sponsors events and conferences organized elsewhere.

Hans Heilbronn was born in Germany in 1908 and emigrated to the UK in 1933.

Hans Heilbronn


Heilbronn spent 1934-1935 at Bristol University where he worked on number theory. This first stay in Bristol was very productive for Heilbronn who published what turned out to be his most famous result during this time.

He returned to Bristol in 1946 and was professor and head of the Mathematics Department from 1949-64. He became chair of Mathematics at Toronto University later in the 1960s, and was also president of the London Mathematical Society from 1959-61. After a distinguished career, he died in 1975 at the age of 66.

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