Peter Cameron (mathematician)


Peter Jephson Cameron FRSE (born 23 January 1947) is an Australian mathematician who works in group theory, combinatorics, coding theory, and model theory. He is currently half-time Professor of Mathematics at the University of St Andrews, and Emeritus Professor at Queen Mary University of London.

Peter J. Cameron
Peter Cameron
Born23 January 1947 (1947-01-23) (age 77)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
University of Oxford
AwardsWhitehead Prize, 1979
Euler Medal, 2003
Forder Lecturer, 2008
Scientific career
Fieldsalgebra, group theory, combinatorics, coding theory, model theory
InstitutionsUniversity of St Andrews
Queen Mary, University of London
University of Oxford
Bedford College, London
Doctoral advisorPeter M. Neumann
Doctoral students
Other notable studentsBenedict Gross

Cameron received a B.Sc. from the University of Queensland and a D.Phil. in 1971 from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar,[2] with Peter M. Neumann as his supervisor.[3] Subsequently, he was a Junior Research Fellow and later a Tutorial Fellow at Merton College, Oxford, and also lecturer at Bedford College, London.



Cameron specialises in algebra and combinatorics; he has written books about combinatorics, algebra, permutation groups, and logic, and has produced over 350 academic papers.[4] In 1988, he posed the Cameron–Erdős conjecture with Paul Erdős.

Honours and awards


He was awarded the London Mathematical Society's Whitehead Prize in 1979 and is joint winner of the 2003 Euler Medal. In 2008, he was selected as the Forder Lecturer of the LMS and New Zealand Mathematical Society.[5] In 2018 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.[6]

Peter Cameron giving the 2007 Dame Kathleen Ollerenshaw lecture at the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester


  • Cameron, Peter J.; Lint, Jacobus Hendricus van (1975). Graph theory, coding theory, and block designs. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-08708-8. OCLC 846492893.
  • Cameron, Peter J. (10 June 1976). Parallelisms of Complete Designs. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/cbo9780511662102. ISBN 978-0-521-21160-4.
  • Cameron, Peter J. (29 June 1990). Oligomorphic Permutation Groups. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/cbo9780511549809. ISBN 978-0-521-38836-8.
  • Cameron, P. J.; Lint, J. H. van (19 September 1991). Designs, Graphs, Codes and their Links. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/cbo9780511623714. ISBN 978-0-521-41325-1.
  • Cameron, Peter J. (1994). Combinatorics : topics, techniques, algorithms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-45133-7. OCLC 29910262.
  • Cameron, Peter J. (1998). Sets, Logic and Categories. London: Springer London. ISBN 978-1-4471-0589-3. OCLC 958523400.
  • Cameron, Peter J. (4 February 1999). Permutation Groups. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/cbo9780511623677. ISBN 978-0-521-65302-2.
  • Cameron, Peter J. (2008). Introduction to algebra. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-156622-6. OCLC 213466141.


  1. ^ "Peter Cameron's students". Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Rhodes Scholar Database". Rhodes Trust. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Peter Michael Neumann". Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Peter Cameron's publications". Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  5. ^ "LMS-NZMS Forder and Aitken Lectureships". London Mathematical Society. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Professor Peter Jephson Cameron FRSE". Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 16 June 2021.


  • Short biography
  • Home page at Queen Mary University of London
  • Home page at University of St Andrews
  • Peter Cameron's 60th birthday conference
  • Theorems by Peter Cameron at Theorem of the Day
  • Peter Cameron's blog
  • Peter Cameron at the Mathematics Genealogy Project