English mathematician John Horton Conway dies after contracting COVID-19
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
English mathematician died on Saturday at his New Jersey home, reportedly due to COVID-19 complications. Princeton University professor stated that Conway developed a fever on Wednesday before his death on Saturday. Conway was 82 years old.
Conway is known for devising aknown as . Cellular automata are discrete models consisting of a grid of cells. He also developed the for expressing very large integers. Conway is also known for formulating the of , and his work involving .
For his mathematical contributions, Conway was elected as ain 1981 and admitted to the in 1992. His other accolades include the in 1971, the in 1987, the in 1998 and the in 2000.
Conway's death was mourned by various members of the academic community. Sam Wang called Conway "[a]n incomparable mathematician, a pleasant neighbor, and an excellent coffee acquaintance." US theoretical astrophysicist tweeted that Conway "was a warm and gentle soul." Independent filmmaker and journalist , known for his educational YouTube channel , posted a podcast dedicated to Conway.
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