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Dr Benjamin Wardhaugh

BA, MA, MMus, DPhil
Fifty-Pound Fellow since 2013
I work on the history of mathematics. In particular, I am interested in the many different roles mathematics has played in culture in the past. My books include studies of the history of everyday mathematics and of the application of mathematics to music.
Contact: benjamin.wardhaugh at


  • Fifty-Pound Fellow, All Souls College (from 2013)
  • Quondam Fellow, All Souls College (from 2012 to 2013)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 2007 to 2012)
  • Doctoral student, Hertford College, Oxford (from 2003 to 2007)
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London (from 2002 to 2003)
  • Research Assistant, NRICH (Mathematics Education) project, University of Cambridge (online dictionary of mathematics for schoolchildren) (from 2000 to 2002)
  • Undergraduate, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (from 1997 to 2000)

Research interests

  • Uses of mathematics in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England
  • Mathematical theories of music from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England


  • Thomas Salmon: Writings on Music, 2 vols. (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).
  • Poor Robin's Prophecies: A Curious Almanac, and the Everyday Mathematics of Georgian England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • How to Read Historical Mathematics (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009).
  • (co-ed. with Christopher Field), John Birchensha: Writings on Music (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009).
  • Music, Experiment and Mathematics in England, 1653-1705 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).
  • Link to publications
  • Publications (PDF)

Other professional memberships and roles

  • Reviews editor for the Bulletin of the British Society for the History of Mathematics (from 2008)
  • Secretary, British Society for History of Mathematics (from 2007 to 2008)

Research awards and grants

  • AHRC Early Career Research Grant to work on a biography of Charles Hutton (1737-1823), Mathematician and Educator (from 2014 to 2016)

Teaching and Supervision

  • ‘History of Mathematics’ (Mathematical Institute)
  • MSc and MPhil in history of science, medicine, and technology (History Faculty)
  • 'The Scientific Movement of the Seventeenth Century' (History Faculty)