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John Horton Conway

(1937-12-26)26 December 1937
Died 11 April 2020(2020-04-11) (aged 82)
Nationality British
Alma mater Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (BA, MA, PhD)
Known for
  • Surreal numbers
  • Conway groups
  • Monstrous moonshine
  • Doomsday algorithm
  • Look-and-say sequence
  • Icosians
  • Mathieu groupoid
  • Free will theorem
  • Conway chained arrow notation
  • Conway criterion
  • Conway notation (knot theory)
  • Conway polyhedron notation
  • ATLAS of Finite Groups
  • Conway's Game of Life
  • Berwick Prize (1971)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society (1981)
  • Pólya Prize (1987)
  • Nemmers Prize in Mathematics (1998)
  • Leroy P. Steele Prize (2000)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Princeton University
Thesis Homogeneous ordered sets (1964)
Doctoral advisor Harold Davenport
Doctoral students
  • Richard Borcherds
  • Simon Norton
  • Robert Wilson
Leonard Hyman Soicher

John Horton Conway FRS (26 December 1937 – 11 April 2020) was an English mathematician. He is known for his theory of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, combinatorial game theory and coding theory.

He also worked in many branches of recreational mathematics, and is famous for the invention of the cellular automaton called the Game of Life.

Conway was a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Conway died of COVID-19 on 11 April 2020 in New Brunswick, New Jersey at the age of 82. He was diagnosed with the infection three days before his death.

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