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John Horton Conway

British mathematician

1937   -   2020

country of citizenship: United Kingdom
native language: English
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Cambridge
occupation: mathematician, university teacher
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society, Pólya Prize, Berwick Prize, Nemmers Prize in Mathematics, Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition

John Horton Conway (26 December 1937 – 11 April 2020) was an English mathematician active in the theory of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, combinatorial game theory and coding theory. He also made contributions to many branches of recreational mathematics, most notably the invention of the cellular automaton called the Game of Life. Born and raised in Liverpool, Conway spent the first half of his career at the University of Cambridge before moving to the United States, where he held the John von Neumann Professorship at Princeton University for the rest of his career. On 11 April 2020, at age 82, he died of complications from COVID-19.
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