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John Horton Conway

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John H. Conway
John Horton Conway

(1937-12-26)26 December 1937[1]
Died11 April 2020(2020-04-11) (aged 82)
Alma materGonville and Caius College, Cambridge (BA, MA, PhD)
Known for
Scientific career
InstitutionsPrinceton University
ThesisHomogeneous ordered sets (1964)
Doctoral advisorHarold Davenport[3]
Doctoral students Leonard Hyman Soicher[3]

John Horton Conway FRS[2] (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, mainly 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.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

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

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  1. "CONWAY, Prof. John Horton". Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press.(subscription required)
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Royal Society: John Conway Biography
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 John Horton Conway at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. Conway, J. H.; Hardin, R. H.; Sloane, N. J. A. (1996). "Packing Lines, Planes, etc.: Packings in Grassmannian Spaces". Experimental Mathematics. 5 (2): 139. arXiv:math/0208004. doi:10.1080/10586458.1996.10504585. S2CID 10895494.
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  6. Conway, J. H.; Sloane, N. J. A. (1990). "A new upper bound on the minimal distance of self-dual codes". IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 36 (6): 1319. doi:10.1109/18.59931.
  7. Conway, J. H.; Sloane, N. J. A. (1993). "Self-dual codes over the integers modulo 4". Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A. 62: 30–45. doi:10.1016/0097-3165(93)90070-O.
  8. Conway, J.; Sloane, N. (1982). "Fast quantizing and decoding and algorithms for lattice quantizers and codes" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 28 (2): 227. doi:10.1109/TIT.1982.1056484.
  9. Conway, J. H.; Lagarias, J. C. (1990). "Tiling with polyominoes and combinatorial group theory". Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A. 53 (2): 183. doi:10.1016/0097-3165(90)90057-4.
  10. MacTutor History of Mathematics archive: John Horton Conway
  11. 11.0 11.1 COVID-19 Kills Renowned Princeton Mathematician, 'Game Of Life' Inventor John Conway In 3 Days