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Geoffrey Grimmett
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Born Geoffrey Richard Grimmett
(1950-12-20) 20 December 1950 (age 63)[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 List of publications from Google Scholar
  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 from the Scopus bibliographic database.
  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. 

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

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