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# Gordon Spence

**Gordon Spence** is a GIMPS participant from Hampshire who discovered the 36th Mersenne prime, 2^{2,976,221}-1. Spence was 38 years old at time of discovery; he is married to wife Lynn and has two daughters, Rachel and Danielle.

According to Spence, his interests include "drag racing, playing *Quake*, my family (not in that order!!) and of course, searching for big prime numbers."