Congratulations to Heilbronn Fellow Scott Harper

08 Jan 2020, by ablahatherell in News

Heilbronn Fellow Scott Harper has won the ‘Faculty of Science Commendation’ by the University Research Degrees Examination Board for his thesis titled On the Spread of Classical Groups. 

Using a blend of algebraic, probabilistic and geometric techniques, it made substantial progress towards proving a conjecture that completely characterises the finite groups with a property known as 3/2-generation. This has attracted recent interest since it is one of the startling properties possessed by the finite simple groups, which, as the building blocks of symmetry, play a fundamental role across mathematics.

A warm congratulations to Scott for this achievement.