Primary Department
School of Mathematical Sciences
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Brien Nolan
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number

Academic biography

Brien Nolan is Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Science and Health, and is a professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences. He graduated in Mathematical Sciences from UCD (BSc 1990, MSc 1991), and completed his PhD in Relativity Theory in the Department of Mathematical Physics, UCD in 1995. His principal research interests are General Relativity (space-time singularities and cosmic censorship; black holes; wave propagation in curved spacetimes) and Mathematics Education (third level teaching and learning; post-primary mathematics teacher education). He is a member of the editorial board of the IOP journal Classical and Quantum Gravity, is chair of the IOP Gravitational Physics Group and has held various administrative positions in the School of Mathematical Sciences and Faculty of Science and Health, including Head of School, Director of the Maths Learning Centre, School Teaching Convenor and Chair of the BSc in Science Education and Associate Dean for Internationalisation. 

Research interests

General Relativity:

Space-time singularities and cosmic censorship; Wave propagation in curved space-time; Self-force in general relativity; Black hole physics; Time travel in General Relativity.

Mathematics Education: 

Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching; Pre-service teacher education; Diagnostic testing at third level; Creative reasoning in mathematics; Transitions and Mathematical Identity.