Hannah Fry

Hannah Fry

Formal First Name
1984 - present

Dr. Hannah Fry is a mathematician, an academic, a best-selling author, an award winning science presenter, and the host of numerous popular podcasts and television shows. Dr. Fry is a Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London, where she utilizes mathematical models to study patterns in human behavior. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behavior - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism. She has also worked with governments, police forces, health analysts and supermarkets. Dr. Fry has a broad portfolio of public engagement activities including schools outreach, podcasting, academic stand-up, café scientifique and public lectures. In addition, she is known around the world for her joyful ability to bring mathematical ideas to life for audiences of all interests and abilities.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Dr. Fry's research revolves around the study of complex social and economic systems at various scales, particularly those with a spatial element.

  • The systems cover a broad range of real-world mechanisms, from crime and security to trade, archeology and transport.

  • Her research uses dimensional and asymptotic techniques, spectral methods and numerical approaches alongside tools originating from chaos theory, game theory and fluid dynamics.

  • Particular interests include translations between various complex systems descriptions -  ABMs, statistical physics descriptions and PDEs.

  • Hannah’s mathematical expertise has led to the development of fascinating documentaries including ‘City in the Sky’ (BBC2), ‘The Joy of Data’, ‘Climate Change By Numbers’ and ‘Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing’ (BBC4).


  • Hannah regularly guests on radio programs and podcasts.

  • Her TEDx talk was featured on the front page of and has amassed millions of views.

  • She has fronted TV documentaries for the BBC and PBS.

  • She hosts the long-running science podcast "The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry" with the BBC.

  • Her work on DeepMind: The Podcast takes a proper in-depth look into the world of AI from the forefront of AI researchers.


  • 2013 UCL Provost's Public Engager of the Year award

  • 2018 Christopher Zeeman Medal, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

  • 2020 Asimov Prize, Gran Sasso Science Institute


  • Rutherford & Fry’s Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged)

  • Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine

  • The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas

  • Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms

  • The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation