Professor J.D. Maitland Wright

Senior Associate Research Fellow at Christ Church, Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen and at the University of Reading


MA (Aberdeen) MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSE

Academic Background

Senior Mathematical Prize and Johnson Prize. Appointed at 23 to a Junior Lectureship at Christ Church, teaching mathematics to physicists and engineers. Became a Fellow and Tutor of St Catherine’s College at 26. When 28 was appointed Professor of Mathematics at the University of Reading. Non-Stipendiary Lecturer in Mathematics at Christ Church from 1989 to 2015. Senior Associate Research Fellow at Christ Church since 2015.  In 2004 was appointed to a (part-time) Sixth Century Research Professorship in Mathematics at the University of Aberdeen. In 1994-96 was seconded to Cambridge as the Deputy Director of the Isaac Newton Institute. (At that time the Director was Sir Michael Atiyah, who was simultaneously President of the Royal Society and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.) Served eight years as Treasurer of the London Mathematical Society.

Research Interests

Wright is an Analyst whose interests include Non-commutative Measure Theory, Operator Algebras and the mathematical foundations of Quantum Mechanics.

Publications include:

Some 130 papers in the mathematical journals. Highlights include a solution of the Mackey-Gleason Problem (with L.J. Bunce) and (with K. Saito) a classification of all “small” monotone complete algebras of operators on Hilbert space. Co-author, with K. Saito, of the monograph, “Monotone Complete C*-algebras and Generic Dynamics” (Springer 2015).


Listening to music, reading, walking, travel, gastronomy.