MATHEMATICIAN

John Horton Conway

1937 - 2020

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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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Horton Conway has received more than 1,206,360 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). John Horton Conway is the 116th most popular mathematician (up from 205th in 2019), the 565th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 932nd in 2019) and the 12th most popular British Mathematician.

Conway is most famous for his Game of Life, a cellular automaton that he invented in 1970.

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Among mathematicians, John Horton Conway ranks 116 out of 828Before him are Gabriel Cramer, Girard Desargues, John Wallis, Leonid Kantorovich, Charles Hermite, and Brook Taylor. After him are Ferdinand von Lindemann, Robert Grosseteste, Hermann Weyl, Émile Borel, Alexis Clairaut, and Giambattista della Porta.

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Among people born in 1937, John Horton Conway ranks 35Before him are Claude Lelouch, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Colleen McCullough, Gordon Banks, and Juvénal Habyarimana. After him are Robert Coleman Richardson, David Hockney, Richard Møller Nielsen, Gennady Yanayev, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, and Thomas Pynchon. Among people deceased in 2020, John Horton Conway ranks 45Before him are Rob Rensenbrink, Juliette Gréco, Jānis Lūsis, Brian Dennehy, Dmitry Yazov, and Per Olov Enquist. After him are Manu Dibango, Diana Rigg, Stanley Ho, Ernesto Cardenal, Jerry Stiller, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Horton Conway ranks 565 out of 6,924Before him are Helena Bonham Carter (1966), William Byrd (1543), Brook Taylor (1685), David Attenborough (1926), Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969), and Jean Simmons (1929). After him are Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (1415), Douglas Adams (1952), Robbie Coltrane (1950), David Brewster (1781), Diana Rigg (1938), and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (1757).

Among MATHEMATICIANS In United Kingdom

Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, John Horton Conway ranks 12Before him are G. H. Hardy (1877), Isaac Barrow (1631), Thomas Harriot (1560), John Couch Adams (1819), John Wallis (1616), and Brook Taylor (1685). After him are Robert Grosseteste (1175), William Oughtred (1574), Andrew Wiles (1953), James Joseph Sylvester (1814), Arthur Cayley (1821), and Michael Atiyah (1929).