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(19 January 1917 – 8 April 2008) was a prominent English
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known for his contributions to
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Higman was born in
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and attended Sutton High School,
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, winning a scholarship to
Balliol College, Oxford
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In 1939 he co-founded The Invariant Society
, the student mathematics society, and earned his DPhil from the
University of Oxford
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in 1941. His thesis, ''The units of group-rings'', was written under the direction of J. H. C. Whitehead
From 1960 to 1984 he was the
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Magdalen College, Oxford
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Higman was awarded the
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in 1962 and the
De Morgan Medal
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London Mathematical Society
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in 1974. He was the founder of the
Journal of Algebra
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and its editor from 1964 to 1984. Higman had 51 Ph.D. students, including Jonathan Lazare Alperin
, Rosemary A. Bailey
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John Mackintosh Howie
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Peter M. Neumann
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He was also a Methodist local preacher, local preacher in the Oxford Circuit of the Methodism, Methodist Church. During the Second World War he was a conscientious objector, working at the Meteorological Office in Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.
He died in Oxford.
* Graham Higman (1966) ''Odd characterisations of finite simple groups'', U. of Michigan Press
* Graham Higman and Elizabeth Scott (1988), ''Existentially closed groups'', LMS Monographs, Clarendon Press, Oxford
*Higman–Sims group, named after Donald G. Higman, but studied also by Graham Higman.
*Higman's embedding theorem
*Generalized polygon#Feit-Higman theorem, Feit-Higman theorem
Death notice, Oxford University Gazette, 17 April 2008
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