About ME

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Early Life

Academic Career

Academic Career

I was born in 1941, and  educated at state primary and grammar schools. After studying at Cambridge University, I became a professional mathematician and university teacher in 1963. 

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Academic Career

Academic Career

Academic Career

I taught at Southampton University and Royal Holloway from 1963  to 1988.   From 1988 to 2006 I was Professor of Mathematics at the London School of Economics. 

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Publications

Academic Career

Current Activities

I have written 13 books and over 100 papers on mathematical topics, many of them in algebraic combinatorics and its applications.  I have also written books and articles on the History of Mathematics, Numismatics and Metrology.

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Current Activities

Professional Services

Current Activities

I became Emeritus Professor at LSE  in 2006 and continue to teach MA318 History of Mathematics in Finance and Economics . My current publications are mainly in the History of Mathematics, particularly in areas which overlap with my interests in Numismatics and Metrology. 

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Professional Services

Professional Services

Professional Services

I held several administrative

positions at the LSE, and was a member of the Editorial Boards of  several journals. I served as Newsletter Editor, Chair of Computer Science Committee, Librarian, and General Secretary of the London Mathematical Society

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Collecting

Professional Services

Professional Services

My hobby is collecting weights and scales made in the British Isles from Roman times to the present day.  From 2009-2014 I was Chair of the International Society of Antique Scale Collectors (Europe). I am a member of the British Numismatic Society. and in 2014 I was Vice-President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics.