Frank Kelly (mathematician)

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Frank Kelly
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Professor Frank Kelly at the EPFL, 15 October 2007
Born (1950-12-28) December 28, 1950 (age 71)
Residence Cambridge
Citizenship British
Fields Optimisation
Queueing theory
Network theory
Alma mater Durham University (B.Sc.)
University of Cambridge (Ph.D.)
Thesis The Equilibrium Behaviour of Stochastic Models of Interaction and Flow[1] (1976)
Doctoral advisor Peter Whittle
Known for Quasireversibility
Dynamic Alternative Routing
Congestion control
Loss networks
Notable awards Davidson Prize (1979)
Guy Medal in Silver (1989)
Fellow of the Royal Society (1989)
Frederick W. Lanchester Prize (1991)
John von Neumann Theory Prize (2008)

Francis Patrick "Frank" Kelly, CBE, FRS (born 28 December 1950) is professor of the Mathematics of Systems in the Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and Master of Christ's College, Cambridge.

His research interests are in random processes, networks and optimisation, especially in very large-scale systems such as telecommunication or transportation networks. In the 1980s, he worked with colleagues in Cambridge and at British Telecom's Research Labs on Dynamic Alternative Routing in telephone networks, which was implemented in BT's main digital telephone network. He has also worked on the economic theory of pricing to congestion control and fair resource allocation in the internet. From 2003 to 2006 he served as Chief Scientific Advisor to the United Kingdom Department for Transport.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1989. In December 2006 he was elected 37th Master of Christ's College, Cambridge. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to mathematical science.[2]



  • Kelly, F. P. (1994). Probability, statistics and optimisation: A Tribute to Peter Whittle. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  1. Frank Kelly at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 8. 29 December 2012.
  3. "Frank Kelly Wins the 2009 SIGMETRICS Achievement Award". ACM SIGMETRICS. Retrieved 2009-05-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "New Year Honours List 2013 - General List" (PDF). Cabinet Office. Retrieved 29 December 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Alexander Graham Bell Medal, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Malcolm Bowie
Master of Christ's College, Cambridge
2006 -
Succeeded by