Nina Snaith
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Snaith in 2009
Nina Claire Snaith
AwardsSuffrage Science award (2018)
Whitehead Prize (2008)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Bristol
ThesisRandom Matrix Theory and zeta functions (2000)
Doctoral advisorJonathan Keating[1] Edit this at Wikidata

Nina Claire Snaith is a British mathematician at the University of Bristol working in random matrix theory and quantum chaos.


Snaith was educated at the University of Bristol where she received her PhD in 2000[2] for research supervised by Jonathan Keating.[1]

Career and research

In 1998, Snaith and her then adviser Jonathan Keating conjectured a value for the leading coefficient of the asymptotics of the moments of the Riemann zeta function. Keating and Snaith's guessed value for the constant was based on random-matrix theory, following a trend that started with Montgomery's pair correlation conjecture. Keating's and Snaith's work extended works[3] by Brian Conrey, Ghosh, and Gonek, also conjectural, based on number theoretic heuristics; Conrey, Farmer, Keating, Rubinstein, and Snaith later conjectured the lower terms in the asymptotics of the moments. Snaith's work appeared in her doctoral thesis Random Matrix Theory and zeta functions.[1]

Awards and honours

In 2008, Snaith was awarded the London Mathematical Society's Whitehead Prize.

In 2014, she delivered the 2014 Hanna Neuman Lecture [4] to honour the achievements of women in mathematics.

Personal life

Snaith is the daughter of mathematician Victor Snaith [de] and sister of mathematician and musician Dan Snaith, mostly known by his artistic name Caribou.


  1. ^ a b c Nina Snaith at the Mathematics Genealogy Project Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Snaith, Nina Claire (2000). Random matrix theory and zeta functions (PhD thesis). University of Bristol. OCLC 53552484. EThOS
  3. ^ "No Title".
  4. ^ "Hanna Neumann Lecture r".