Geoffrey Grimmett

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Geoffrey Grimmett
FRS
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Born Geoffrey Richard Grimmett
(1950-12-20) 20 December 1950 (age 67)[1]
Birmingham
Nationality British
Education King Edward's School, Birmingham
Alma mater University of Oxford (BA, DPhil)
Spouse(s)
Rosine Bonay (m. 1986)
[1][2]
Children Hugo Grimmett[2]
Awards
Scientific career
Fields
Institutions
Thesis Random Fields and Random Graphs (1974)
Doctoral advisor
Website www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/~grg

Geoffrey Richard Grimmett FRS[6] (born 20 December 1950)[1] is a mathematician known for his work on the mathematics of random systems arising in probability theory[7][8] and statistical mechanics, especially percolation theory[9] and the contact process.[10][3] He is the Professor of Mathematical Statistics in the Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and the Master of Downing College, Cambridge.[11]

Education[edit]

Grimmett was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and Merton College, Oxford. He graduated in 1971, and completed his DPhil in 1974[12] under the supervision of John Hammersley and Dominic Welsh.[5]

Career and research[edit]

Grimmett served as the IBM Research Fellow at New College, Oxford from 1974–1976 before moving to the University of Bristol.[1][13] He was appointed Professor of Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge in 1992, becoming a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.[14] He was Director of the Statistical Laboratory from 1994–2000, Head of the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DAMTP) from 2002–2007, and is a trustee of the Rollo Davidson Prize.[15]

He served as the managing editor of the journal Probability Theory and Related Fields from 2000–2005,[citation needed] and was appointed managing editor of Probability Surveys in 2009.[citation needed]

At a time of flowering of probabilistic methods in all branches of mathematics, Grimmett is one of the broadest probabilists of his generation, and unquestionably a leading figure in the subject on the world scene.[6] He is particularly recognised for his achievements in the rigorous theory of disordered physical systems.[6] Especially influential is his work on and around percolation theory, the contact model for stochastic spatial epidemics, and the random-cluster model, a class that includes the Ising/Potts models of ferromagnetism.[6] His monograph on percolation is a standard work in a core area of probability, and is widely cited.[6] His breadth within probability is emphasized by his important contributions to probabilistic combinatorics and probabilistic number theory.[6]

In October 2013 he was appointed Master of Downing College, Cambridge succeeding Barry Everitt.[2]. He will cease to be Master on 30 September 2018, being replaced by Alan Bookbinder. [16]

Awards and honours[edit]

Grimmett was awarded the Rollo Davidson Prize in 1989[citation needed] and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2014.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Grimmett is the son of Benjamin J Grimmett and Patricia W (Lewis) Grimmett.[17]

He competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal as a member of the Great Britain Men's Foil Team, finishing 6th.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Anon (2014). Grimmett, Prof. Geoffrey Richard. ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U18289.  closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Professor Geoffrey Grimmett elected as next Master
  3. ^ a b Geoffrey Grimmett publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ Grimmett, G. R.; McDiarmid, C. J. H. (2008). "On colouring random graphs". Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society. 77 (2): 313. doi:10.1017/S0305004100051124. 
  5. ^ a b Geoffrey Grimmett at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Anon (2014). "Professor Geoffrey Grimmett FRS". royalsociety.org. London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2018-06-11. Retrieved 2014-05-01.  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the royalsociety.org website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies at the Wayback Machine (archived 2016-11-11)

  7. ^ Grimmett, G. R.; Stirzaker, D. R. (2001). Probability and Random Processes. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198572220. 
  8. ^ Grimmett, G. R. (2010). Probability on Graphs. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521147352. 
  9. ^ Grimmett, G. (1999). "What is Percolation?". Percolation. p. 1. doi:10.1007/978-3-662-03981-6_1. ISBN 978-3-642-08442-3. 
  10. ^ "Geoffrey Grimmett's homepage at the University of Cambridge". 
  11. ^ Geoffrey Grimmett publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  12. ^ Grimmett, Geoffrey (1974). Random Fields and Random Graphs (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 500458360. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.457489. 
  13. ^ Frieze, A. M.; Grimmett, G. R. (1985). "The shortest-path problem for graphs with random arc-lengths". Discrete Applied Mathematics. 10: 57. doi:10.1016/0166-218X(85)90059-9. 
  14. ^ "Fellows of the Colleges: Churchill". Cambridge University Reporter. University of Cambridge. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  15. ^ "Trustees of the Rollo Davidson Trust". 
  16. ^ http://www.dow.cam.ac.uk/news/downing-college-announces-master-elect
  17. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ "SR/Olympic Sports". Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. 


Academic offices
Preceded by
Barry Everitt
Master of Downing College, Cambridge
2013–
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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