Norman Linstead Biggs

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 2 January 1941.

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

Address: Department of Mathematics, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE.

tel: 020 7955 7640; email: n.l.biggs@lse.ac.uk

Education

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.)

 

Appointments

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

 

Main fields of interest

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

Publications

Please refer to the research pages for my mathematical publications.  Articles on historical metrology are listed on the weighing pages. 

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)

LSE

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)


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