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Research interests

My research interests centre on semigroup theory, automata theory and category theory. I am currently working on the connections between partial symmetries, topological groupoids and C*-algebras. These diverse topics are linked by a non-commutative generalization of Stone duality.


I was an undergraduate and graduate student at York University with a one year spell at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge where I read the Part III in mathematics. After my DPhil, I spent three years at Lincoln College Oxford as a JRF followed by a year at the T.H. Darmstadt supported by the Royal Society. I was subsequently lecturer and then senior lecturer in mathematics at CPGC before moving to Heriot-Watt in 2004.

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Research Output

Higher dimensional generalizations of the Thompson groups

Lawson, M. V. & Vdovina, A., 7 May 2020, In : Advances in Mathematics. 369, 107191.

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  • A tribute to John B. Fountain

    Gould, V. A. R. & Lawson, M. V., Aug 2019, In : Semigroup Forum. 99, 1, p. 1-8 8 p.

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    Recent developments in inverse semigroup theory

    Lawson, M. V., 1 Oct 2019, In : Semigroup Forum.

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  • The Booleanization of an inverse semigroup

    Lawson, M. V., 19 Nov 2019, In : Semigroup Forum. p. 1-32 32 p.

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  • The universal Boolean inverse semigroup presented by the abstract Cuntz-Krieger relations

    Lawson, M. & Vdovina, A., 4 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Noncommutative Geometry.

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    Mahoney-Room-Neumann Prize

    Mark Lawson (Recipient), 12 Dec 2017

    Prize: National/international honour