Prof. Richard Szabo


Co-Director,Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences

School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences; Mathematics

Phone: +44 (0)131 451 3236
  • Room T.02
    Colin Maclaurin Building
  • School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences; Mathematics
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Edinburgh
  • EH14 4AS
  • United Kingdom
Richard Szabo

Research profile

Roles and responsibilities


  • Vector Analysis (year 3 maths course)
  • Calculus A (year 1 maths course)


  • Convenor Research Committee Maths Department
  • Scottish Mathematical Sciences Training Centre (teaching and steering/management committee)
  • Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences (managementcommittee)

Research interests

  • Mathematical Physics, including string theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity
  • Noncommutative geometry and field theory, K-theory, algebraic geometry
  • Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group
  • PhD Students: Joshua DeBellis (Year 3); Dionysis Mylonas (Year 1)
Selected publications

I was born in Montreal, Canada and completed a Joint Honours Mathematics & Physics BSc degree at McGill University in 1990. I did my MSc and PhD degrees in Theoretical Physics at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Gordon Semenoff. I then did postdoc stints at Oxford University in 1995 and the Niels Bohr Institute in 1998, before settling permanently at Heriot-Watt in 2000.

My research centres around the applications of geometrical and topological methods to problems in quantum field theory and string theory, focusing in particular on techniques drawn from K-theory, noncommutative geometry and algebraic geometry.