March 21, 1920|
|Died||May 2, 2004(aged 84)|
|Institutions||University of Oxford
Trinity College, Oxford
|Alma mater||Sedbergh School
Emmanuel College, Cambridge
|Doctoral students||Geoffrey Grimmett
|Notable awards||Pólya Prize (1997)|
John Michael Hammersley (21 March 1920 – 2 May 2004) was a British mathematician best known for his foundational work in the theory of self-avoiding walks and percolation theory. He was born in Helensburgh in Dunbartonshire, and educated at Sedbergh School. He started reading mathematics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge but was called up to join the Royal Artillery in 1941. During his time in the army he worked on ballistics.
He graduated in mathematics in 1948. He held a number of positions, both in and outside academia. His book Monte Carlo Methods with David Handscomb was published in 1964.
- Grimmett, G.; Welsh, D. (2007). "John Michael Hammersley. 21 March 1920 -- 2 May 2004: Elected FRS 1976". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 53: 163. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2007.0001.
- Geoffrey Grimmett, Dominic Welsh. "John Michael Hammersley (1920–2004)". arXiv:math.PR/0610862.
- David R. Wood. "The Academic Family Tree of John M. Hammersley" (PDF).
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