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Department of Mathematics

Remembering Paul Busch.

It is with great sadness that the Department of Mathematics announces the death of Paul Busch, Professor of Mathematical Physics, at the age of 63 after a brief illness. Paul was a renowned expert on the foundations of quantum mechanics, whose recent work contributed considerably to our understanding of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.

Paul was widely respected as an eminent researcher, a kind and thoughtful colleague and an approachable teacher. He will be greatly missed.


Welcome to the Department of Mathematics at the University of York.

We are a community of mathematicians from all over the world, engaged in world-class research and committed to excellence in teaching with a special emphasis on small groups and a friendly atmosphere. If you would like to find out more about our activities, take a look around our website or get in touch via

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We support the principles laid out in the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme, and aim to create an inclusive, mutually supportive community which enables everyone to do their best possible work and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect regardless of individual characteristics such as age, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity. 

We hold the Bronze Award of the Athena SWAN programme for women in science. Eight of our academic staff are women, along with about 40% of our students. 

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Dusa McDuff awarded Sylvester Medal

Posted on Friday 27 July 2018

Professor Dusa McDuff, who was a lecturer in the department earlier in her career and after whom our Masters Students Centre is named, has been awarded the Royal Society's prestigious Sylvester Medal, its principal annual prize in mathematics. We offer her our congratulations!

Remembering Paul Busch

Posted on Wednesday 27 June 2018

15 February 1955 - 09 June 2018

Royal Society University Research Fellowship awarded

Posted on Thursday 14 June 2018

Congratulations to our post-doc David Simmons on the award of a 2018 Royal Society University Research Fellowship.

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