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About Simon Smith

Simon Smith is a mathematics lecturer in the College of Science.  He did his undergraduate degree at Imperial College London and his doctorate at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Peter M. Neumann. When he finished his doctorate, Simon worked for four years (2005 until 2009) for a large European bank, first as a quant and then as a derivatives trader. In 2009 he resigned from the bank to begin his academic career. From 2010 until 2012 he held a Philip T. Church Postdoctoral Fellowship at Syracuse University in the USA. He became an Assistant Professor (tenure track) at the City University of New York in 2012 and in 2013 he was awarded a $300,000 Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) by the Australian Research Council. In 2016 he won a Simons Collaboration Grant from the Simons Foundation shortly before he left the New York to join the new School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. Top Three Publications: Simon M. Smith, `A product for permutation groups and topological groups’, Duke Math. J., (to appear). Simon M. Smith, `A classification of primitive permutation groups with finite stabilizers’, J. Algebra 432 (2015). Simon M. Smith, `Subdegree growth rates of infinite primitive permutation groups’, J. London Math. Soc. 82 (2010).


  • MSci (Hons) in Mathematics - 1st class — Imperial College London,
  • DPhil (Mathematics) — University of Oxford,

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Research Interests

  • Infinite permutation groups

  • Locally compact groups

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • London Mathematical Society — Member