Professor Geoffrey Grimmett

MA, DPhil, DSc (Oxon), ScD, FRS

Professor of Mathematical Statistics

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Geoffrey Grimmett’s principal scientific interests are probability theory and statistical mechanics, especially the mathematical theory of disordered physical systems.

He was educated at Oxford University before moving to Bristol University in 1976 for his first tenured post.

In 1992, after 16 wonderful years in Bristol, he moved to the Statistical Laboratory of Cambridge University as Professor of Mathematical Statistics. He was installed as the 17th Master of Downing College on 1 October 2013.

In addition to numerous research articles, he has written three research books entitled Percolation (1999), The Random-Cluster Model (2006), and Probability on Graphs (2010). He has co-authored two successful textbooks on probability and random processes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

In his spare time, he plays the harpsichord (badly) and travels with family and friends to quiet places of extraordinary beauty.