Carnegie PhD Scholar awarded Robertson Medal 2022-23

On Friday 24th February 2023, Adrián Doña Mateo, PhD Scholar in Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Edinburgh received the Robertson Medal in Science, Engineering & Technology for academic year 2022-23. 


The silver medal is awarded each year to the Scholarship candidate judged to be the most outstanding for that year’ competition. The medal was introduced in 2003 to mark the contribution of the retiring Chairman of the Trust, Sir Lewis Robertson, who served the Trust for over 40 years.

About this year’s recipient

Adrián was born in Huelva, in the south of Spain, but was mostly brought up in El Ejido, which is a small town in the south east. He was interested in maths from an early age. From age 12 to 15, his parents took him to weekend sessions at the University of Granada aimed at stimulating early mathematical talent. Adrián went to the Spanish national maths Olympiad twice, when he was 16 and 17, and to the physics one when he was 17. He was awarded a silver medal in both.

Adrián moved to Edinburgh in 2017 to start his BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics. He was awarded the William and Isabella Dick 2nd Year Prize, and the Kevin Clarke Memorial Prize for Top Performance in Computer Science and Maths UG4. He did his third year abroad in Nanyang Technological University Singapore.

Adrián the gained his masters in Cambridge last year, and graduated with distinction. There he gained a broader appreciation for pure mathematics, especially category theory, and decided that he wanted to pursue a PhD qualification in the subject. He was introduced to the topic of magnitude homology by his current supervisor, Dr Tom Leinster.