Wilfrid Hodges

Wilfrid Augustine Hodges, FBA (born 27 May 1941) is a British mathematician, known for his work in model theory.

Wilfrid Hodges
Wilfrid Hodges, 1988 at the MFO
Born (1941-05-27) May 27, 1941
Alma materNew College, Oxford
Scientific career
FieldsModel theory
Doctoral advisorJohn Crossley
Doctoral studentsAlex Wilkie
President of the DLMPST/IUHPST
In office
Preceded byAdolf Grünbaum
Succeeded byElliott Sober


Hodges was Professor of Mathematics at Queen Mary, University of London from 1987 to 2006, and is the author of books on logic.

He attended New College, Oxford (1959–65), where he received degrees in both Literae Humaniores and (Christianic) Theology. In 1970 he was awarded a doctorate for a thesis in Logic. He lectured in both Philosophy and Mathematics at Bedford College, University of London. He has held visiting appointments in the department of philosophy at the University of California and in the department of mathematics at University of Colorado.

Honors and awards

Hodges was President of the British Logic Colloquium, of the European Association for Logic, Language and Information and of the Division of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science.

In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Writing style

Wilfrid Hodges' books are written in an informal style. The "Notes on Notation" in his book "Model theory" end with the following characteristic sentence:

'I' means I, 'we' means we.

When this 780-page book appeared in 1993, it became one of the standard textbooks on model theory. Due to its success an abbreviated version (but with a new chapter on stability theory) was published as a paperback.


Only first editions are listed.

  • Hodges, Wilfrid (1977). Logic – An Introduction to Elementary Logic. Penguin Books.[1]
  • Hodges, Wilfrid (1985). Building Models by Games. London Mathematical Society Student Texts. Cambridge University Press.
  • Hodges, Wilfrid (1993). Model Theory. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-30442-3.[2]
  • Hodges, Wilfrid (1997). A Shorter Model Theory. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-58713-1.
  • Chiswell, Ian; Hodges, Wilfrid (2007). Mathematical Logic. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-921562-1.


  1. Leeds, Stephen (1980). "Review of Logic by Wilfrid Hodges". Journal of Symbolic Logic. 45 (2): 382–383. doi:10.2307/2273212.
  2. Baldwin, John T. (1995). "Review: Model Theory by Wilfrid Hodges" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 32 (2): 280–285. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1995-00578-1.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Adolf Grünbaum
President of the Division for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology of the International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (DLMPST/IUHPST)
Succeeded by
Elliott Sober

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