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 1,412,174 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). John Horton Conway is the 212th most popular mathematician (down from 116th in 2019), the 1,044th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 564th in 2019) and the 21st most popular 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 212 out of 823Before him are Willem de Sitter, S. R. Ranganathan, Élie Cartan, Henry Briggs, Xu Guangqi, and Hermann Schwarz. After him are Tullio Levi-Civita, Pedro Nunes, Hugo Steinhaus, Menaechmus, John Charles Fields, and Gilles de Roberval.

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Among people born in 1937, John Horton Conway ranks 74Before him are Valentin Pavlov, Robert B. Wilson, Yılmaz Güney, Joseph Nye, Fernando de la Rúa, and Tamara Press. After him are Cüneyt Arkın, Rafael Moneo, Yoshirō Mori, Thomas Nagel, Maryse Condé, and Shirley Bassey. Among people deceased in 2020, John Horton Conway ranks 83Before him are Per Olov Enquist, John Saxon, Honor Blackman, Freeman Dyson, Maj Sjöwall, and Chadwick Boseman. After him are Chuck Yeager, Manu Dibango, Jerry Stiller, Radomir Antić, Momčilo Krajišnik, and Peter Green.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Horton Conway ranks 1,044 out of 7,765Before him are George Vancouver (1757), Lilian, Princess of Réthy (1916), Alan Moore (1953), Thomas Graham (1805), Jack Phillips (1887), and Geraldine McEwan (1932). After him are Charles Spearman (1863), Charles Webster Leadbeater (1854), George Biddell Airy (1801), Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis (1891), Æthelbald, King of Wessex (831), and Alan Parsons (1948).

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Among mathematicians born in United Kingdom, John Horton Conway ranks 21Before him are Arthur Cayley (1821), James Joseph Sylvester (1814), James Gregory (1638), Colin Maclaurin (1698), Michael Atiyah (1929), and Henry Briggs (1561). After him are Johannes de Sacrobosco (1195), Robert Recorde (1512), George Atwood (1745), Thomas Simpson (1710), William George Horner (1786), and John Wilkins (1614).