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Elmer Rees

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Elmer Gethin Rees, (19 November 1941 – 4 October 2019) was a Welsh mathematician with publications in areas ranging from topology, differential geometry, algebraic geometry, linear algebra and Morse theory to robotics. He held the post of Director of the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, a partnership between the University of Bristol and the British signals intelligence agency GCHQ, from its creation in 2005 until 2009. Biography Rees was born in Llandybie and grew up in Wales. He studied at St Catharine's College, Cambridge gaining a BA before moving on to the University of Warwick, where he completed his PhD in 1967. His thesis on Projective Spaces and Associated Maps, was written under the supervision of David B. A. Epstein. Rees's career had taken him to University of Hull, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, Swansea University and St Catherine's College, Oxford, before becoming a professor at the University of Edinburgh in 1979, w
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