British snooker player.
Born in London, he became a professional snooker player in 1978 and subsequently came to dominate the game with a series of major tournament victories, winning the UK professional championship (1980–81 and 1984–87), the Masters championship (1981–82 and 1988), and the World Championship (1981, 1983–84, and 1987–89). His records include the first maximum score of 147 in a major tournament (during the Lada Classic at Oldham in 1982) and the first run of three consecutive century breaks in a major tournament (at Stoke-on-Trent in 1988). He responded to gibes that he had a boring mechanical personality by publishing the lighthearted How to be Really Interesting in 1988.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).