Curriculum Vitae


Personal Details

Date of Birth: 2 January 1941.

Married (1975) Christine Mary Farmer; one daughter (b. 1980) Clare Juliet.


1946-1952: Uxendon Manor Primary School, Kenton, Middlesex

1952-1959: Harrow County Grammar School

1959-1963: Selwyn College, Cambridge (Entrance Exhibition 1959, Scholarship 1961)

1960: First Class, Mathematical Tripos Pt. I

1962: Wrangler, Mathematical Tripos Pt. II; B.A. (Cantab.)

1963: Distinction, Mathematical Tripos Pt. III

1988: D.Sc. (London); M.A. (Cantab.)


2006- Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, London School of Economics

1988-2006 Professor of Mathematics, London School of Economics

1976-88 Reader in Pure Mathematics, Royal Holloway, University of London

1973 (Lent Term) Visiting Associate Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada

1970-76 Lecturer, Royal Holloway College, University of London

1965-70 Lecturer, University of Southampton

1963-65 Assistant Lecturer, University of Southampton

Fields of Interest

Discrete mathematics; algebraic graph theory; combinatorial models of physical phenomena; computational learning theory; history of mathematics; historical metrology.

PhD Students

D.H. Smith (1968-71), 

D.A. Sands (1969-72), 

R.P. Jones (1973-76), 

C.W. Vout (1976-79), 

M.J. Hoare (1979-82), 

S.K. Burford (1981-85), 

J. Shawe-Taylor (1983-85), 

A.G. Boshier (1984-87), 

M.H.G. Anthony (1988-91), 

G. Russell (1991-94), 

S.Toulson (1992-96), 

G.Croft (1995-00), 

P. Reinfeld (1999-02).

Other Mathematical Activities

Editorial boards: 

J.Combinatorial Theory (Series B) (1976-91)

Discrete Mathematics (1979-2006)

Combinatorics, Probability and Computing (1991-);

Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics (1992- ).

Director of CDAM (the LSE Centre for Discrete and Applicable Mathematics), 1995-2006.

EPSRC Mathematics College (1995-2002, 2006-2009).

Administrative Activities (selected)


Vice-Chairman of the Appointments Committee 1993-96: responsible for chairing selection committees, academic staff promotions, and other staffing matters; this also entailed membership of numerous other major committees and the Director's weekly Strategic Issues Group meeting.

Academic Governor 1995-2000: member of the Standing Committee of the Court of Governors; Lay Appointments Committee (1997-99); Committee to appoint the Chairman of the Court (1998).

Head of Mathematics 1988-93 and 1997-2000.

London Mathematical Society

Council (1980-85, 1999-2006)

Editor of the Newsletter (1980-83)

Secretary of the Education Committee (1982-85)

Chairman of the Computer Science Committee (1985-89).

Librarian (1999-2002).

General Secretary (2002-2006)