Hector Miller-Bakewell

About me

I am Hector, also known as Hex, and I am a freelance mathematician usually working on quantum computing and data science. Most recently I have been working as the advisory Senior Data Scientist for Stonehaven, and as a lecturer for the University of Sussex.

My doctoral work included the creation, alteration, and generalisation of graphical calculi for quantum computing and the automated generation of theorems using these calculi. Since then my academic work has branched out, including synthesising music with quantum computers for QuTune, and exploration of trust in human-computer interactions. Despite chronic illness, especially when that illness affected my hands, I am a flautist, pianist, artist, and singer.

Research, talks, and publications

In the event that this list lags behind reality you can also check on the arXiv or the publication list on zxcalculus.com.


I have, by now, far too many drawings of hedgehogs (among other things, but mostly hedgehogs), which you can find on my instagram. The reason for the name "sometimes my hands work" is because disability left me without full use of my hands for around five years, and drawing became part of the recovery process from that. It has only strengthened my resolve to try and improve accessibility in academia and work I do.