About

Tom is a Mathematician at the University of Oxford where he holds the position of Early Career Teaching and Outreach Fellow at St Edmund Hall. He also runs this award-winning website and associated social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube @tomrocksmaths.

Tom regularly appears on the BBCOxplore – Oxford University’s digital outreach portal, and Numberphile – the largest maths education channel on YouTube with over 3 million subscribers.

Tom has also worked with several other Oxford Colleges in the past, including St John’s where he held the position of Access and Outreach Associate for STEM and helped to run the Inspire Programme which aims to encourage pupils at non-selective state schools to apply to top universities in the UK.

Tom previously worked for the Naked Scientists – an audio production company that specialises in broadcasting science news internationally via the radio and podcasts – where he could be frequently heard talking all things science and maths on BBC Radio 5 Live. Tom decided that being ‘naked’ on the radio wasn’t enough and so created his persona the ‘Naked Mathematician’ via the ‘Equations Stripped’ series where Tom strips back some of the most important equations in maths layer-by-layer so that everyone can understand…

Tom completed his PhD in applied maths at the University of Cambridge in 2016, where he conducted experiments looking at where river water goes when it enters the ocean. Before that, Tom spent four years studying maths at the University of Oxford and was recently interviewed by the Oxford Alumni Voices podcast about his time there. Tom has in fact been featured in several publications, links to all of which can be found on the profiles page.

When not misbehaving with numbers Tom can be found playing football, snowboarding and pretending he’s a rockstar. He currently has 8 maths-themed tattoos including the Navier-Stokes equations, the platonic solids and the first 120 digits of the number e…