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 and statistical datamining.
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.
Past and present contributors to the Institute's work have included many distinguished mathematicians, such as Profs. Sir John Ball, Bryan Birch, Clifford Cocks, Roger Heath-Brown, Christopher Hooley, Frank Kelly, James Norris, Michael Paterson, Tony Scholl, Nicholas Shepherd-Barron, Sir Martin Taylor and Dominic Welsh.
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.
There is a programme of weekly seminars sponsored by the Institute. It also organizes a two-day annual conference and two or more workshops and 'Heilbronn Days' each year, and it sponsors events and conferences organized elsewhere.
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.