Professor Marcus du Sautoy | University of Oxford

Professor Marcus du Sautoy

Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics; Fellow of New College


Professor Marcus du Sautoy is widely known for his work to popularise mathematics.  He appears regularly in the media and has written numerous academic articles and popular books on mathematics. He gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2006. 

His research interests include understanding the world of symmetry using zeta functions, a classical tool from number theory. His work uses a wide range of methods including p-adic Lie groups, model theory, algebraic geometry and analytic methods.


  • Prime numbers and the Riemann Hypothesis
  • Number theory
  • Group theory
  • Symmetry
  • Cryptography

Media experience

Professor du Sautoy has extensive media experience in print, online and broadcast media. He has presented a number of television programmes and series for BBC2/BBC4,  including Precision: The Measure of All Things (three part series, 2013), The Code (three part series, 2011) and The Story of Maths (four part series, 2008). He is also a regular contributor to Dara O'Briain's School of Hard Sums