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Geoffrey Grimmett
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Born Geoffrey Richard Grimmett
(1950-12-20) 20 December 1950 (age 65)[1]
Nationality British
Alma mater
Thesis Random Fields and Random Graphs (1974)
Doctoral advisor
Doctoral students
  • Jakob Björnberg
  • Benjamin Graham
  • Philipp Hiemer
  • Alexander Holroyd
  • Ioan Manolescu
  • David Sheridan
  • Stephen Suen[4]
Notable awards
Spouse Rosine Bonay[1][6]
Children Hugo Grimmett[6]

Geoffrey Richard Grimmett FRS (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][2] He is the Professor of Mathematical Statistics in the Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and the Master of Downing College, Cambridge.[11][12]


Grimmett was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and Merton College, Oxford. He graduated in 1971, and completed his DPhil in 1974[13] under the supervision of John Hammersley and Dominic Welsh.[4] He was the IBM Research Fellow at New College, Oxford from 1974–1976 before moving to the University of Bristol.[1][14] He was appointed Professor of Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge in 1992, becoming a fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.[15] He was Director of the Statistical Laboratory from 1994–2000, Head of the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics from 2002–2007, and is a trustee of the Rollo Davidson Prize.[16]

Grimmett was awarded the Rollo Davidson Prize in 1989. He was the managing editor of the journal [17] from 2000–2005, and was appointed managing editor of [18] in 2009.

He competed at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal as a member of the Great Britain Men's Foil Team, finishing 6th.[19]

In October 2013 he was installed as Master of Downing College, Cambridge in succession to Professor Barry Everitt.[6]

Awards and honours[edit]

In May 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[5] His nomination reads:


Geoffrey Grimmett is the son of Benjamin J Grimmett and Patrica W (Lewis) Grimmett.[20]


  1. ^ a b c d e "GRIMMETT, Prof. Geoffrey Richard". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Geoffrey Grimmett's publications indexed by Google Scholar, a service provided by Google
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b c Geoffrey Grimmett at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ a b c "Professor Geoffrey Grimmett FRS". The Royal Society. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  6. ^ a b c Professor Geoffrey Grimmett elected as next Master
  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's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  12. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  13. ^ Grimmett, Geoffrey (1974). Random Fields and Random Graphs (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "Fellows of the Colleges: Churchill". Cambridge University Reporter. University of Cambridge. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 
  16. ^ "Trustees of the Rollo Davidson Trust". 
  17. ^ Probability Theory and Related Fields
  18. ^ Probability Surveys
  19. ^ "SR/Olympic Sports". 
  20. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Barry Everitt
Master of Downing College, Cambridge
Succeeded by

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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:11:05 -0800

Conceived as an inviting threshold between the hustle and bustle of Cambridge's Regent Street and the centre of the College grounds, the Heong Gallery, according to Downing College master, Professor Geoffrey Grimmett, is a way of integrating Downing ...
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Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:07:30 -0800

Prof Geoffrey Grimmett, master of Downing, said: "Instead of looking inside the college and Cambridge University, it's very much about looking outside. It will bring people into Downing in a way we have never really tried in the past. "It's for local ...


Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:19:22 -0800

Leyton Orient's 101st-minute winning goal on Saturday netted a punter in Cambridge £170,000 on a £1 10-game accumulator. The lucky 33 year-old put just £1 on a 10-game slip on Saturday, forecasting which team would win each match. His odds of ...

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Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:06:54 -0800

Maths Professor Geoffrey Grimmett of Cambridge University. Mathematician professor Geoffrey Grimmett, of the University of Cambridge, said the winning combination was extremely rare. He said: "If you placed such a bet every day, you would expect to win ...
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Mon, 16 Feb 2015 10:32:16 -0800

The man bet on 10 League One outsiders, including Leyton Orient, whose 101st minute winner by Dean Cox secured the amazing win. The probability of the man's win was 1 in 169,923. Prof Geoffrey Grimmett, a Cambridge University mathematician who ...

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Mon, 15 Jan 2007 16:00:00 -0800

"The way to confront risk is via mathematics and statistics," says Professor Geoffrey Grimmett, head of the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. And the challenge for the new professor will be to help the public to navigate the ...

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