Person: Borcherds, Richard Ewen
Richard Borcherds is a South African born mathematician known for his work in lattices, group theory and infinitedimensional algebras, for which he was awarded the Fields Medal in 1998.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 After the award of an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in physics, Peter Borcherds became a lecturer in physics at the University of Cape Town.
 When Richard was about a year old his parents left South Africa and went to Aldermaston in England.
 Richard attended King Edward's School in Birmingham.
 Borcherds entered Trinity College, Cambridge where he was an undergraduate.
 Borcherds had been appointed as a Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1983 and held this post until 1987.
 Borcherds invented the notion of a vertex algebra and used it to solve the ConwayNorton conjecture, which concerns the representation theory of the monster group (this theory is sometimes called "monstrous moonshine").
 Borcherds's work is also important in physics, as it lays rigorous groundwork for conformal field theory in two dimensions.
 Borcherds remained as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Cambridge until 1992, and then spent the following year as a lecturer at Cambridge.
 In 1992 Borcherds was awarded a Junior Whitehead Prize by the London Mathematical Society.
 Borcherds has made a number of important and original contributions to mathematics, with striking and surprising applications.
 Another important concept invented by Borcherds is that of a 'vertex operator algebra'.
 In a marvellous synthesis of the ideas which he has been developing, Borcherds has proved conjectures of Conway and Norton on the 'Moonshine' module for the Monster group.
 for his contributions to algebra, the theory of automorphic forms, and mathematical physics, including the introduction of vertex algebras and Borcherds' Lie Algebras, the proof of the ConwayNorton moonshine conjecture and the discovery of a new class of automorphic infinite products.
Born 29 November 1959, Cape Town, South Africa.
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African, Prize Fields Medal, Group Theory, Origin South Africa
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