Matt Parker Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Height, Net Worth, Fast Facts

Matthew Thomas Parker (born 22 December 1980) is an Australian recreational mathematician, author, comedian, YouTube personality and science communicator based in the United Kingdom. His book Humble Pi was the first maths book in the UK to be a Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller. Parker was the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. He is a former maths teacher and has helped popularise maths via his tours and videos.

Early life and education

Matt Parker was born in Perth, Australia. He was interested in maths and science before he went to school. Parker was part of his school’s titration team.

Parker went to the University of Western Australia and started off studying mechanical engineering before he “realized the very real risk of being employable at the end of it.” He switched into physics and later mathematics. His love of maths led him to want a job in the subject.

While at university, Parker wrote comedy for Pelican, the students’ magazine, and produced comedy sketches. Having found a delight for comedy, he enrolled in a course for stand-up comedy.

After college, Parker taught maths in Australia for a while before moving to London and continuing teaching. He became involved in support education, working with universities and other organizations to arrange maths talks. He later went back to teaching, before stopping after one year. He now helps students communicate mathematics to other people, speaks at schools, does media work, and occasionally writes about maths. His goal is “to get more people more excited about maths.”

Parker has appeared in numerous YouTube videos, talking about various subjects related to mathematics. He has his own YouTube channel, “Stand-up Maths”, with over one million subscribers, and also frequently appears as a guest on other popular channels such as Brady Haran’s Numberphile and James May’s Head Squeeze (now BritLab). Parker has made videos about unboxing calculators, including the Little Professor; he presents these videos as a member of a fictional “Calculator Appreciation Society”. He also appeared in a Tom Scott YouTube video, where they gave tips for users of the London Underground.

In 2012, Parker and fellow comedian Timandra Harkness co-wrote a comedy show called Your Days are Numbered: The Maths of Death. They performed the show in Australia, at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, on tour around England and in Scotland, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Parker has also toured the UK solo and as part of comedy group Festival of the Spoken Nerd, along with Helen Arney and Steve Mould. His first solo tour, Matt Parker: Number Ninja, finished in July 2013, while his second solo tour, “Matt Parker: Now in 4D”, started in late 2014.

He has written the book Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension. His second book, Humble Pi, was released in March 2019 and was a Sunday Times #1 bestseller.

In 2014, Parker set up Think Maths, a team of experienced mathematics speakers who visit schools to run workshops and give talks for a wide range of ages and abilities, to show students the wider world of maths beyond school while giving them a chance to develop mathematical thinking skills.

Awards

Parker was awarded the 2020 IMA-LMS Christopher Zeeman Medal in recognition of his “excellence in the communication of mathematics”. The award citation highlights work on YouTube, his books, Think Maths, Maths Inspiration, MathsJam, Maths Gear, and his work in broadcast media.

Recreational mathematics contributions

Parker introduced the recreational mathematics concept of a grafting number, an integer with the property that the square root of the integer, when expressed in base b, will contain the original integer itself before or directly after the decimal point (sequence A232087 in the OEIS).

At the 2016 MathsJam Conference, Parker talked about what he called “letterwise magic squares”. He believed he was the first to find the magic squares, but on 5 May 2017 he posted a video to explain how the magic squares were more well known as alphamagic squares.

Personal life

Parker married the English solar physicist Lucie Green in July 2014. The couple used wedding rings made of meteoric iron. He now lives in Godalming, England. He has a labrador retriever called Skylab who has her own YouTube channel.

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The Estimated Net worth is $80K – USD $85k.

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