Professor Mason Porter

Professor Mason Porter

Professor Mason Porter

BS Caltech, MS Cornell, PhD Cornell

  • Professor of Nonlinear and Complex Systems
  • Tutorial Fellow, Somerville College

Personal Web Page

eMail: Mason [dot] Porter [-at-] maths [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Contact Form

CV: porter_cv010114.pdf

Phone Number(s):

Reception: +44 1865 273525
Direct: +44 1865 280608

Office: S2.04

Departmental Address:

Mathematical Institute
University of Oxford
Andrew Wiles Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
United Kingdom

Research Interests: 

My research interests lie in statistical and nonlinear physics and in the application of such techniques to the physical, engineering, social, and biological sciences. Topics on which I have written research papers include nonlinear waves (such as solitary waves), nonlinear oscillators, classical and quantum chaos, network science (including applications to social and biological networks), billiard systems, granular materials, and nonlinear optics. I am interested in many other applications as well.


I am also interested in mathematics exposition and have made a point to write several articles for venues such as Notices of the American Mathematical Society and American Scientist.


In addition to my MI affiliations, I am also a member of the Complex Agent-Based Dynamical Networks (CABDyN) Complexity Centre [yes, the word 'complex' does appear twice in the name].

Prizes, Awards and Scholarships: 

See my CV for these items.

Major/Recent Publications: 

See the publications page on my website:


In 2014–2015, I am teaching Networks (C6.2b).

Further Details: 

For a lot more information, please see my personal website.