JONES, VAUGHAN F.R. / Mathematics / Researchers

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Mathematics / JONES, VAUGHAN F.R.



Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Research interests

Field of expertise : Von Neumann algebras

He is best known for his contributions to knot theory, which have had major implications for biologists researching DNA as well as for quantum physicists. In 1984, he discovered the Jones polynomials, which provide a list of numbers that help characterize a given knot.

Prizes and awards

1980 Vacheron Constantin Prize (for thesis, Univ. de Geneve)
1990 : Field Medal
1991 New Zealand Government Science Medal
2000 Onsager medal of Trondheim University

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