Portrait of Professor Peter A Clarkson

Professor Peter A Clarkson

Emeritus Professor of Mathematics


Peter chairs the School's EDI Committee and is a member of the University's Athena SWAN working group. In addition to his work at the University Peter is a member of the London Mathematical Society's Women in Mathematics Committee and Chair of the steering committee for the LMS Good Practice Scheme. The Good Practice Scheme has the the aim of supporting Mathematics departments interested in embedding equal opportunities for women within their working practices. The Scheme provides specific support for departments working towards Athena SWAN Award status and organizes events.

Research interests

  • Soliton theory, in particular the Painlevé equations, and Painlevé analysis.
  • Asymptotics, Bäcklund transformations, connection formulae and exact solutions for nonlinear ordinary differential and difference equations, in particular the Painlevé equations.
  • Orthogonal polynomials and special functions, in particular nonlinear special functions such as the Painlevé equations.
  • Symmetry reductions and exact solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations, in particular using nonclassical and generalized techniques. equations.


Peter is a participant in the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions project, companion to the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and organised by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. This project is to update Abramowitz and Stegun's Handbook of Mathematical Functions. Peter's role in the project is with writing the chapter on Painlevé Transcendents.  

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