Keith Devlin
#5684 Overall Influence

Keith Devlin

British mathematician

About

Why is this person notable and influential?

Devlin is formerly a Consulting Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University and now co-founder and Executive Director of Stanford’s Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute, founded in 2006. He is also a member of Stanford’s Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI), an important research center for work in computational linguistics, computer science, and mathematics. Devlin received his bachelor’s (special) in mathematics at Kings College, London and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Bristol in 1971.

Devlin is a prolific writer about mathematics and related scientific disciplines, writing both for specialists and a general readership. He has authored over 30 books during his storied career as a mathematician, and 80 research articles! No wonder, then, that in 2007 Devlin was awarded the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization. These days, Devlin’s research is focused mainly on applying media and other technologies to help students and others learn about math. For instance, he is co-founder and president of BrainQuake, a company that makes video games to facilitate learning mathematics. He is also known as the “Math Guy” on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, where he is a commentator.

Devlin became a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.

Academic Website

Featured in Top Influential Mathematicians Today

Other Resources

Schools

What schools is this person affiliated with?
University of London
University of London

Federal research university in London, England

view profile
University of Bristol
University of Bristol

Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom

view profile
Stanford University
Stanford University

Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

view profile

Notable Works

What contributions to academia has this person made?
  • The Math Instinct
  • The Millennium Problems

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this person influential?
#137 World Rank
Mathematics