John Horton Conway

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John Horton Conway (b. 26 December 1937) is a prolific mathematician active in the theory of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, combinatorial game theory and coding theory. He has also contributed to many branches of recreational mathematics, notably the invention of the cellular automaton called the Game of Life.

Conway is currently professor of mathematics at Princeton University. He studied at Cambridge, where he started research under Harold Davenport. He has an Erdős number of one. He received the Berwick Prize (1971),[1] was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (1981),[2] was the first recipient of the Pólya Prize (LMS) (1987),[1] won the Nemmers Prize in Mathematics (1998) and received the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition (2000) of the American Mathematical Society.



Conway's parents were Agnes Boyce and Cyril Horton Conway. He was born in Liverpool.[3] He became interested in mathematics at a very early age and his mother recalled that he could recite the powers of two when aged four years. At the age of eleven his ambition was to become a mathematician.

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