January 1998 -The Centre de recherches mathématiques and the
Fields Institute are pleased to announce the winner of the CRM-Fields
prize for 1998: Professor Robert V. Moody, University of Alberta
Robert V. Moody received his Ph.D. in 1966 from the University
of Toronto. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1980
and was awarded the 1994-95 Eugene Wigner Medal (jointly with
V. Kac) for "work on affine Lie algebras that has influenced
many areas of theoretical physics".
He was twice honoured by the Canadian Mathematical Society, first
in 1978 when he was invited to present the inaugural Coxeter-James
Lecture, given to the most outstanding young Canadian mathematician
within ten years of their degree, and in 1995 when he was selected
for the Jeffery-Williams Prize Lecture for the 50th Anniversary
of the Canadian Mathematical Society.
His discovery, independently from and simultaneously with V.G.
Kac, of an enormous new class of infinite dimensional Lie Algebras,
which are now called Kac-Moody algebras, is considered as one
of the seminal events in the history of mathematics in the last
half of the twentieth century. In recent years, with various collaborators
Dr. Moody has been studying the mathematical aspects of long-range
aperiodic order, especially the quickly emerging area of quasi-crystals.
A lecture, "What is Aperiodic Order?" will be given
by Professor at both institutes in fall 1998.