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Keith J. Devlin (born 16 March 1947) is a British mathematician and popular science writer. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States. He has dual British-American citizenship.[3]


He was born and grew up in England, in Kingston upon Hull. There he attended a local primary school followed by Greatfield High School in Hull. In the last school year he was appointed Head Boy. Devlin earned a BSc (Special) in Mathematics at King's College London in 1968, and a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Bristol in 1971 under the supervision of Frederick Rowbottom.[3][5]


Later he got a position as a Scientific Assistant in Mathematics at University of Oslo, Norway from August till December 1972. In 1974 he became a Scientific Assistant in Mathematics at University of Heidelberg, Germany. In 1976 he was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at University of Toronto, Canada. From 1977 till 1987 he served as a Lecturer in Mathematics at University of Lancaster, England. From 2001 till 2009 he was a Consulting Professor, Stanford University: Department of Mathematics at Stanford, California.[6]

He is co-founder and Executive Director of Stanford University's Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute (2006), a co-founder of Stanford Media X university-industry research partnership program, and a Senior Researcher in the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI).[3] He is a commentator on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday, where he is known as "The Math Guy."[7]

His research is mainly focused on the use of different media to teach mathematics to different audiences. He is also co-founder and President the company BrainQuake, which creates mathematics learning video games, which he set up in 2011.[8] Other topics of his research are the theory of information, models of reasoning, applications of mathematical techniques in the study of communication, and mathematical cognition.[9]

As of 2012 he had authored 34 books and over 80 research articles.[3] Several of his books are aimed at a general audience.



  • Devlin, Keith I.; Jensen, R. Björn (1975), "Marginalia to a theorem of Silver", ISILC Logic Conference (Proc. Internat. Summer Inst. and Logic Colloq., Kiel, 1974), Lecture Notes in Mathematics, 499, Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 115–142, doi:10.1007/BFb0079419, ISBN 978-3-540-07534-9, MR 0480036 [First proof of Jensen's covering theorem; Keith J. Devlin is credited as Keith I. Devlin in the paper.]


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