Imre Leader

Imre Bennett Leader is a British mathematician and Othello player. He is Professor of Pure Mathematics, specifically combinatorics, at the University of Cambridge.

Imre Leader
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Born (1963-10-30) 30 October 1963 (age 57)
Alma materCambridge University
AwardsWhitehead Prize (1999)
Scientific career
ThesisDiscrete Isoperimetric Inequalities and Other Combinatorial Results (1989)
Doctoral advisorBéla Bollobás

He was educated at St Paul's School and at Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1981 he was a member of the United Kingdom team at the International Mathematical Olympiad, where he won a silver medal.[1] In 1999-2001, he led the UK IMO team as its chief trainer.

He has been the most consistently successful Othello player in Britain, winning the national championship 12 times between 1983 and 2016. In 1983, he was runner-up in the World Othello Championship, and in 1988, he was on the UK team that won the World Team Championship.[2] In 2019 he prevailed against Matthias Berg in the final of the European Championship 2019 which was held in Berlin.[3]

In mathematics, his work has concentrated on combinatorics. He completed his PhD, entitled Discrete Isoperimetric Inequalities and Other Combinatorial Results, in 1989, supervised by Béla Bollobás.[4] Godson of mathematical philosopher Imre Lakatos, he is currently a fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge.[5]


  1. ^ Imre Leader's results at International Mathematical Olympiad
  2. ^ "World Othello Championships". World Othello Federation. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05.
  3. ^ Tournament Report EGP 2019
  4. ^ Imre Leader at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ "Directory of Fellows". Trinity College, Cambridge.

External linksEdit

  • Some publications from DBLP [1]
Preceded by
Adam McBride
UK International Mathematical Olympiad Team Leader
Succeeded by
Geoff Smith