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