# Prof. Richard Szabo

## Profile

### Co-Director,Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences

#### School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences; Mathematics

**Phone:**+44 (0)131 451 3236

**Email:**r.j.szabo@hw.ac.uk

**Address:**

- Room T.02

Colin Maclaurin Building - School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences; Mathematics
- Heriot-Watt University
- Edinburgh
- EH14 4AS
- United Kingdom

## Research profile

## Roles and responsibilities

Teaching

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

Administration

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

## Research

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

## Biography

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.