Dr John Steele
Senior Lecturer

Dr John Steele

BSc (Hons), University of Aberdeen, 1986

MSc, University of Aberdeen, 1988

PhD, University of Aberdeen, 1989

School of Mathematics & Statistics


I was born in Lancashire, England, and grew up in Thurso, on the north coast of Scotland. I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen, graduating with First Class Honours in mathematics in 1986. I then stayed on to complete my MSc and PhD in General Relativity under Graham Hall, graduating in 1989.

From there, I took up a position as a research associate at Monash University in Melbourne, funded by the Australian Research Council.

In 1992 I came to the University of New South Wales as an Associate Lecturer, initially on contract. I was granted tenure in November 1998, was promoted to Lecturer at the end of 2001 and to Senior Lecturer in 2018. I was the School's Director of Undergraduate Studies from July 2007 to January 2021, was elected to the University's Academic Board in 2017 and re-elected in 2021.

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Room 5103 Red Centre Kensington Campus UNSW
  • Journal articles | 2019
    Habota T; Sandu A-L; Waiter GD; McNeil CJ; Steele JD; Macfarlane JA; Whalley HC; Valentine R; Younie D; Crouch N; Hawkins EL; Hirose Y; Romaniuk L; Milburn K; Buchan G; Coupar T; Stirling M; Jagpal B; MacLennan B; Priba L; Harris MA; Hafferty JD; Adams MJ; Campbell AI; MacIntyre DJ; Pattie A; Murphy L; Reynolds RM; Elliot R; Penton-Voak IS; Munafò MR; Evans KL; Seckl JR; Wardlaw JM; Lawrie SM; Haley CS; Porteous DJ; Deary IJ; Murray AD; McIntosh AM, 2019, 'Cohort profile for the STratifying Resilience and Depression Longitudinally (STRADL) study: A depression-focused investigation of Generation Scotland, using detailed clinical, cognitive, and neuroimaging assessments.', Wellcome Open Res, vol. 4, pp. 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15538.2
    Journal articles | 2018
    Cowling MG; Hunt DC; Steele JD, 2018, 'George Szekeres 1911-2005', Historical Records of Australian Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/HR18012
    Journal articles | 2004
    Steele JD, 2004, 'Symmetries in some Newman-Tamburino Metrics', Classical and Quantum Gravity, vol. 21, pp. 3587 - 3591, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0264-9381/21/14/018
    Journal articles | 2002
    Steele JD, 2002, 'Computers and polynomials', Parabola, vol. 38, pp. 1 - 5
    Journal articles | 2002
    Steele JD, 2002, 'Formalism for spacetimes with a homothety', Classical and Quantum Gravity, vol. 19, pp. 259 - 268, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0264-9381/19/2/306
    Journal articles | 2001
    Steele JD, 2001, 'Killing vectors with null bivectors', Classical and Quantum Gravity, vol. 18, pp. 3963 - 3964, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0264-9381/18/18/401
    Journal articles | 1991
    Hall GS; Steele JD, 1991, 'Conformal vector fields in general relativity', Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol. 32, pp. 1847 - 1853, http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.529249
    Journal articles | 1991
    McIntosh CBG; Steele JD, 1991, 'All vacuum Bianchi I metrics with a homothety', Classical and Quantum Gravity, vol. 8, pp. 1173 - 1184, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0264-9381/8/6/014
    Journal articles | 1991
    Steele JD, 1991, 'Simply-transitive homothety groups', General Relativity and Gravitation, vol. 23, pp. 811 - 825, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/bf00755996
    Journal articles | 1990
    Hall GS; Steele JD, 1990, 'Homothety groups in space-time', General Relativity and Gravitation, vol. 22, pp. 457 - 468, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/bf00756152
    Journal articles | 1990
    Steele JD, 1990, 'On homogeneous pure radiation fields', Classical and Quantum Gravity, vol. 7, pp. L81 - L82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0264-9381/7/3/003
  • Conference Papers | 1997
    Lun AW; Steele JD, 1997, 'Relativity today', in Hoenselaers CA; Perjes Z (ed.), firth Hungarian relativity workshop, firth Hungarian relativity workshop, pp. 3 - 21, presented at firth Hungarian relativity workshop
    Preprints |
    de A. Marcelino AL; Gray O; Al-Fatly B; Steele JD; Kühn AA; Gilbertson T, Pallidal neuromodulation of the explore/exploit trade-off in decision-making, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2022.04.21.489010

My particular interest is in exact solutions of Einstein's equations and the symmetries they admit, as well as  the history and basic structure of Relativity. 

My last work was on an extending a formalism for vacuum space-times admitting an isometry to the cases of homothetic and conformal vectors, and applications of that formalism.