About us

The Department of Mathematics consists of three divisions: mathematics, mathematical statistics and computational mathematics. Mathematics was one of the first subjects taught Stockholm University College when it was first founded in 1878.

Students on a bridge in Brunnsviken, Kräftriket in the background.
Photo: Eva Dalin.

Since the summer 2022, the Department of Mathematics can be found in house 1 in the the new campus Albano, which is situated in in the National City Park between the commuter railway Roslagsbanan and the road Roslagsvägen, across from the departments previous home in Kräftriket.

At all three of our divisions, we conduct both education, at undergraduate and PhD level, and research. You can read more about our subjects in the course catalogue, and about our research areas on our research pages.

Subject: mathematics
Subject: mathematical statistics
Subject: computer science
Subject: scientific computing
Research subjects at the Department of Mathematics

The department has a well equipped library which is probably one of the finest in northern Europe. One could say that the library is to a mathematician what the laboratory is to an experimental scientist.


Library at the Department of Mathematics

Shelf of old books.
Photo: Niklas Björling

The department's library is situated on floor 3 in house 1 in Albano and contains a large collection of books and journals aimed at researchers in mathematics, mathematical statistics and computational mathematics.

More information about the library, including opening hours and contact information

For access to library material please write to biblioteket@math.su.se for further instructions.



Mathematics was one of the first subjects taught Stockholm University College when it was first founded in 1878, and the first professor at the university was Gösta Mittag-Leffler, in mathematics. The first female professor of mathematics, and Sweden's first female professor of any subject, was Sonja Kovalevsky (1850-91), at Stockholm University.

Insurance mathematics and mathematical statistics from 1929

In 1929 the Institute of Insurance Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics was founded to benefit insurance mathematics in Sweden. The institute is now part of the Division of Mathematical Statistics. Its first research leader was professor Harald Cramér.

History of the division of mathematical statistics, written by Rolf Sundberg

We have a number of texts on the history of the Department of Mathematics and people connected with it, available in PDF format. Employees at the department can find these on our internal web, in the folder Historiskt arkiv under the heading Arkiv/diarium.

If you are not an employee and want any of these files sent to you by email, please contact biblioteket@math.su.se.

The following is available in English:

  • Mathematical research during the first decades of the University of Stockholm (21 pages) by Yngve Domar

For texts in Swedish, please see the Swedish version of this page.

Moving out party in Kräftriket

In the summer 2022 we left the old veterinary school buildings in Kräftriket, where we have been since 1993, and moved to the new campus Albano on the other side of the road. The yearly summer party in June became a moving out party, to say goodbye to Kräftriket.

Here are pictures from the party (the page is in Swedish, but it's mostly pictures)

Summer party outside, people sitting at a table or standing in groups on the grass.
Photo: Jan Boman

2018: Sergio Albeverio

Sergio Albeverio is a Swiss mathematician and mathematical physicist who works in probability theory, analysis (including infinite-dimensional, non-standard and stochastical analysis), and mathematical physics. Main contributions are systematic studies of Feynman path integrals, infinite dimensional Dirichlet forms and associated stochastic processes, p-adic functional analysis, singular perturbation theory for differential operators, constructive quantum field theory and representation theory of infinite dimensional groups.

2017: Gerard van der Geer

Gerard van der Geer is a Dutch mathematician working in the field of algebraic geometry that has made substantial contributions to the theory of moduli of curves, moduli of abelian varieties and of K3-surfaces, Hilbert modular surfaces, and of curves over finite fields.

2015: Heinz Langer

German mathematician.

1999: Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds is a Finnish computer scientist and programmer who is best known for creating and developing the Linux kernel which forms the basis of several operating systems. He has received several IEEE prizes and currently resides in the US.

1980: Jean-Pierre Serre

Jean-Pierre Serre has worked in many different fields, including algebraic topology, geometry and number theory. He currently has the distinction of being the youngest person to have been awared a Fields medal.

1978: Henri Cartan

Henri Cartan was a leading French mathematician who contributed decisively to the development of several branches of mathematics, including homological algebra, sheaf theory, and several complex variables. He was a founding member of Bourbaki.

1960: Pekka Myrberg

Pekka Myrberg was a Finnish mathematician who worked in function theory and on iteration of rational functions. He later served as chancellor of the University of Helsinki.

1960: Andrey Kolmogorov

Andrey Kolmogorov, a prominent Russian mathematician, published significant works in many different fields of mathematics, such as harmonic analysis and classical mechanics, and in particular laid the foundations of modern probability theory

1936: Ernst Lindelöf

The Finnish mathematician Ernst Lindelöf is known for his work in real and complex analysis, as well as for his contributions in topology. He had several prominent students, including Nevanlinna and Ahlfors.

1912: Vito Volterra

The Italian mathematician Vito Volterra helped lay the foundations of functional analysis through his investigations into integral and integro-differential equations. He was also interested in applications in mathematical biology.

1909: Paul Painlevé

Painleve was a French mathematician and politician who made significant contributions to the theory of nonlinear differential equation, and was several times prime minster of France.

1905: Henri Poincaré

Poincare was one of the greatest mathematicians of the late 19th and early 20th century. Among many other contributions, he laid the foundations of algebraic topology and chaotic dynamical systems, contributed to the analysis of differential equations and relativity theory, and posed the Poincare conjecture.

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