Miles Reid

Miles Reid
Miles Anthony Reid

(1948-01-30) 30 January 1948 (age 76)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Scientific career
ThesisThe Complete Intersection of Two or More Quadratics (1972)
Doctoral advisor
Doctoral students

Miles Anthony Reid FRS (born 30 January 1948) is a mathematician who works in algebraic geometry.


Reid studied the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos at Trinity College, Cambridge and obtained his Ph.D. in 1973 under the supervision of Peter Swinnerton-Dyer and Pierre Deligne.


Reid was a research fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge from 1973 to 1978. He became a lecturer at the University of Warwick in 1978 and was appointed professor there in 1992. He has written two well known books: Undergraduate Algebraic Geometry and Undergraduate Commutative Algebra.

Awards and honours

Reid was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2002. In the same year, he participated as an Invited Speaker in the International Congress of Mathematicians in Beijing. Reid was awarded the Senior Berwick Prize in 2006 for his paper with Alessio Corti and Aleksandr Pukhlikov, "Fano 3-fold hypersurfaces", which made a big advance in the study of 3-dimensional algebraic varieties. In 2023 he was awarded the Sylvester Medal of the Royal Society.

Personal life

Reid speaks Japanese and Russian and has given lectures in Japanese.


His most famous book is

Other books

  • Undergraduate Commutative Algebra, Cambridge University Press 1995, doi:10.1017/CBO9781139172721
  • with Balazs Szendroi: Geometry and Topology, Cambridge University Press 2007

His most famous translation is the two volume work by Shafarevich

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