Heriot-Watt University

Department of Mathematics

Prof Bryan P Rynne

I am a professor in the Mathematics Department of Heriot-Watt University. I have been here since 1990 and became a reader in 1996, and then a professor in 2009. Before that I worked on a succession of short term contracts in a random sequence of British Universities.

Between 2008-2012 I was the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings (Section A) of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Between 2012-2015 I had the misfortune to be Head of Department in the Heriot-Watt Department of Mathematics, but I have now been promoted back to being a research mathematician.

Interests other than maths include walking up mountains (UK and Europe mainly).
In 2016 I finished doing all the 6 lists of mountains in the UK that the SMC (Scottish Mountaineering Club) maintains (viz., Munros + tops, 'furths', Corbetts, Donalds and Grahams - (see SMC Hill Lists).
I also did the deleted Munros, on the grounds that if they were good enough for Munro then they are good enough for me.
There are roughly 1000 of these (although I haven't counted them precisely).

In summer, on the occasions when the sun shines, I go and dangle from ropes on vertical rock faces wishing I had real muscles rather than the mathematician's variety (see here for some photos).
Other times I go on long distance cycle tours in countries which are hot and dry, and produce lots of high-quality wine (so not Scotland).

Research interests

Recent preprints

Here is a complete list of publications.



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