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Jonathan R. Partington (born 4 February 1955) is an English mathematician who is Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Leeds.

Jonathan Partington
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Born (1955-02-04) 4 February 1955 (age 64)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Known forFunctional analysis, Operator Theory, Control theory
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Leeds
Doctoral advisorBéla Bollobás



Professor Partington was educated at Gresham's School, Holt, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he completed his PhD thesis entitled "Numerical ranges and the Geometry of Banach Spaces" under the supervision of Béla Bollobás.


Partington was formerly editor of the Journal of the London Mathematical Society and is now Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Leeds. He works in the area of functional analysis, sometimes applied to control theory, and is the author of several books in this area.

Partington's extra-mathematical activities include the invention of the March March march, an annual walk starting at March, Cambridgeshire. He is also known as a writer or co-writer of some of the earliest British text-based computer games, including Acheton, Hamil, Murdac, Avon, Fyleet, Crobe, Sangraal, and SpySnatcher, which started life on the Phoenix computer system at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.


  • An introduction to Hankel operators, Cambridge University Press (1989).
  • Interpolation, Identification and Sampling, Oxford University Press (1997).
  • Linear Operators and Linear Systems, Cambridge University Press (2004).
  • Modern approaches to the invariant-subspace problem, Cambridge University Press (2011) (with Isabelle Chalendar).

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