Jeremy Gray

Jeremy J. Gray ( born April 25, 1947) is a British historian of mathematics.

Gray studied mathematics at Oxford and the University of Warwick, where he received his doctorate in 1980 with David Fowler ( and Ian Stewart). From 1974 he was at the Open University in Milton Keynes, where he is a professor of history of mathematics since 2002. He teaches regularly at the same time at Warwick University and is also Affiliated Research Fellow in the field of history of science at the University of Cambridge. In 1996 he was Resident Fellow in the Dibner Institute for the History of Science at MIT.

Gray is primarily concerned with the history of geometry and function theory in the 19th and 20th centuries. He gave out Carl Friedrich Gauss's mathematical diary and a new edition of Waldo Dunningtons Gaussian biography ( with additions).

It was in 1998 Invited Lecturer at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin (The Riemann Roch Theorem and Geometry. 1854-1914 ). In 2009 he received the Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize of the American Mathematical Society, whose fellow he is.

His doctoral counts June Barrow- Green.


  • Henri Poincaré. A Scientific Biography. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, among other things, 2013, ISBN 978-0-691-15271-4. Review of Stillwell, Notices AMS, 2014, No.4
  • Worlds out of nothing. A course in the history of geometry in the 19th Century. Springer, London 2007, ISBN 978-1-8462-8632-2.
  • As editor with Jose Ferreirós: The architecture of modern mathematics. Essays in history and philosophy. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2006, inter alia, ISBN 0-19-856793-6.
  • Janos Bolyai, non- Euclidean geometry, and the nature of space ( = Burndy Library Publications. NS Vol 1). Burndy Library, Cambridge MA 2004, ISBN 0-262-57174-9.
  • As editor with Robin Wilson: Mathematical conversations. Selections from " The Mathematical Intelligencer ". Springer, New York NY, inter alia, 2001, ISBN 0-387-98686-3.
  • The Hilbert Challenge. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2000, inter alia, ISBN 0-19-850651-1.
  • With David A. Brannan, Matthew F. Esplen: Geometry. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, inter alia, 1999, ISBN 0-521-59787-0.
  • The Symbolic Universe. Geometry and Physics 1890-1930. Oxford University Press, Oxford 1999, inter alia, ISBN 0-19-850088-2.
  • Algebraic geometry in the late nineteenth century. In: David E. Rowe, John McCleary (ed.): The history of modern mathematics. Volume 1: Ideas and Their reception. Academic Press, Boston, MA, 1989, ISBN 0-12-599661-6, pp. 361-385.
  • As editor with John Fauvel: The History of Mathematics. A reader. Macmillan Education, among others, Hound Mills, 1987, ISBN 0-333-42790-4.
  • Judith V. Field: The geometrical work of Girard Desargues. Springer, New York, NY, among others, 1987, ISBN 3-540-96403-7.
  • Linear differential equations and group theory from Riemann to Poincaré. Birkhäuser, Boston MA 1986, inter alia, ISBN 3-7643-3318-9 ( At the same time: Warwick University, Dissertation ).
  • Who would have won the Fields medals a hundred years ago? In: Mathematical Intelligencer. Vol 7, No. 3, 1985, ISSN 0343-6993, pp. 10-19, doi: 10.1007/BF03025801.
  • Gray fox and the theory of differential equations. In: Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. NS Vol 10, No 1, 1984, ISSN 0273-0979, pp. 1-26, ( Erratum in: . Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society NS Vol 12, No 1, 1985, pp. 182, doi: 10.1090/S0273-0979-1985-15342-X ).
  • Ideas of space. Euclidean, non- Eudlicean, relativistic. Clarendon Press, Oxford 1979, ISBN 0-19-853352-7.
  • Plato 's Ghost: the modernist transformation of mathematics, Princeton University Press, 2008 Review by David Rowe, Bulletin AMS, 2013