Neil A. Watling

Neil Watling, PhD

  • Associate Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Technology

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Functional Analysis, C*-algebras (1989)
    University of Warwick (UK)

About Me

Having grown up and completed my education in the UK, my first job brought me across the Atlantic to North America and I have stayed ever since! My main goals in teaching are to increase students' understanding, ability, and appreciation of mathematics. I hope they also leave with a curiosity and fascination in the subject. Even now, I am still discovering new connections and new ways to understand and relate the many different areas of mathematics.

Research Interests

My main research interest is in C*-algebras and their use in mathematical physics and non-commutative (differential) geometry. More specifically, my interest is automorphic group actions on C*-algebras and their associated fixed point sub-algebras and crossed-product algebras, with particular interest in rotation algebras and their generalizations. Recently, however, I have been looking at some ideas in the intersection of probability, linear algebra, and elementary number theory involving the notions of independence and roundness.

Media Expertise

  • Mathematical physics
  • Functional analysis
  • Operator theory


  • Sullivan, R., & Watling, N. (2013). Independent divisibility pairs on the set of integers from 1 to N. INTEGERS13, A65.
  • Farsi, C., & Watling, N. (2006). Discretized C*-Algebras. Bolletino Unione Matematica ItalianaSezione B: Articoli di Ricerca Matematica9(3), 697–710.
  • Farsi, C., & Watling, N. (2001). C*-algebras of dynamical systems of quasi rotations on tori. Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics31(3).

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Mathematical Society (AMS), Mathematical Association of America (MAA)