Miles Reid

Miles Anthony Reid FRS (born 30 January 1948) is a mathematician who works in algebraic geometry.[2]

Miles Reid
Miles Anthony Reid

(1948-01-30) 30 January 1948
ResidenceKenilworth, UK
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Scientific career
ThesisThe Complete Intersection of Two or More Quadratics (1972)
Doctoral advisor
Doctoral students
InfluencedColin McLarty


Reid studied the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos at Trinity College, Cambridge and obtained his Ph.D. in 1973 under the supervision of Peter Swinnerton-Dyer and Pierre Deligne.[1]


Reid was a research fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge from 1973 to 1978. He became a lecturer at the University of Warwick in 1978 and was appointed professor there in 1992. He has written two well known books: Undergraduate Algebraic Geometry and Undergraduate Commutative Algebra.

Awards and honours

Reid was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2002. Reid was awarded the Senior Berwick Prize in 2006 for his paper with Alessio Corti and Aleksandr Pukhlikov, "Fano 3-fold hypersurfaces", which made a big advance in the study of 3-dimensional algebraic varieties.[3]

Personal life

Reid speaks Japanese and Russian and has given lectures in Japanese.


His most famous book is

  • Undergraduate Algebraic Geometry, Cambridge University Press 1988 (ISBN 978-0521356626) doi:10.1017/CBO9781139163699

Other books

  • Undergraduate commutative algebra, Cambridge University Press 1995, doi:10.1017/CBO9781139172721
  • with Balazs Szendroi: Geometry and topology, Cambridge University Press 2007

His most famous translation is the two volume work by Shafarevich

  • Basic Algebraic Geometry 1 (ISBN 978-3642379550)
  • Basic Algebraic Geometry 2 (ISBN 978-3642380099)


  1. Miles Reid at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. Bridgeland, T.; King, A.; Reid, M. (2001). "The McKay correspondence as an equivalence of derived categories". Journal of the American Mathematical Society. 14 (3): 535. doi:10.1090/S0894-0347-01-00368-X.
  3. "Senior Berwick Prize". Prize Winners 2006. LMS. 19 June 2006. Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2008.

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