H. Conway Receives Nemmers Prize
|John H. Conway, von Neumann Professor of Mathematics
at Princeton University, has been awarded the 1997-98 Frederic Esser Nemmers
Prize in Mathematics from Northwestern University.
The Nemmers Prize in Mathematics is awarded to scholars
who display "outstanding achievement in their discipline as demonstrated
by major contributions to new knowledge or the development of significant
new modes of analysis." The prize carries a $100,000 stipend and is presented
every other year to a scholar who displays work of lasting significance
Conway, one of the preeminent theorists in the study of finite groups and one of the world’s foremost knot theorists, is the author of more than 10 books and more than 130 journal articles on a wide variety of mathematical subjects. He has also done important work in number theory, game theory, coding theory, tiling, and the creation of new number systems. The system of "Surreal Numbers", which he invented, is the subject of a popular book by computer scientist Donald Knuth.
|Conway is also widely known as the inventor of the "Game
of Life", a computer simulation of simple cellular "life", governed by
simple rules which give rise to amazingly complex behavior. Conway may
well have the distinction of having more books, articles and
Web pages devoted to his creations than any other living mathematician.
-from Northwestern University news release
Photograph by Robert P. Matthews, courtesy of Princeton University