St John's College Oxford
Dr Thomas Crawford

Dr Thomas Crawford

Non-stipendiary Lecturer in Mathematics


I completed my PhD in Fluid Dynamics at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Prof. Paul Linden. I obtained my undergraduate degree in maths at St John's College Oxford in 2012.

Research Interests

My teaching interests lie in applied maths, in particular in Dynamics and Calculus. I currently teach first year courses in Calculus and Fourier Series, and the second-year course in Complex Analysis and Metric Spaces.

Alongside my teaching commitments, I work closely with the outreach team and regularly gives talks in schools and universities across the UK. My award-winning website hosts videospodcasts, puzzles and articles that aim to make maths entertaining and understandable to all. Some of the partners I've worked with include the BBC, the European Mathematical SocietyCambridge University PressOxplore – Oxford University’s Digital Outreach Portal, the Naked Scientists and New Scientist. My persona the ‘Naked Mathematician’ has become something of a minor celebrity in the world of maths communication where I literally strip maths back layer-by-layer….

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