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Professor Frank Kelly

Professor Frank Kelly

Professor of the Mathematics of Systems,

Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics,

The Master of Christ's College,

University of Cambridge


Frank Kelly is Professor of the Mathematics of Systems in the University of Cambridge, and Master of Christ's College. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989, and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering in 2012.

He served as Director of the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge from 1991 to 1993. He has served on the Scientific Board of HP's Basic Research Institute in Mathematical Sciences, the Scientific Council of EURANDOM, the Conseil Scientifique of France Telecom, and the Council of the Royal Society. He has chaired the Advisory Board of the Royal Institution/University of Cambridge Mathematics Enrichment Project, and the Management Committee of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

He spent the academic year 2001-2 as a visiting professor at Stanford University. From 2003 to 2006 he served as Chief Scientific Adviser to the United Kingdom's Department for Transport, and in 2010-11 as a non-executive director of Autonomy plc. He is a member of the RAND Europe Council of Advisors, and chair of the Council for the Mathematical Sciences.  In 2013, he was awarded a CBE in the New Year's honours list for services to mathematical sciences.


  • helping improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis
  • dynamic routing and resource allocation in communication networks, including the Internet
  • random processes, networks and optimization, particularly applications to the design and control of networks and to the understanding of self-regulation in large-scale systems
  • the mathematics of very large-scale systems, such as telecommunication or transport networks