John B. Conway

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John B. Conway
Born John Bligh Conway
(1939-09-22) September 22, 1939 (age 79)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater
Scientific career
Institutions The George Washington University
Thesis (1966)
Doctoral students
  • Robert F Olin (1975)
  • Pei Yuan Wu (1975)
  • Quentin F Stout (1977)
  • Stephen J Wright (1977)
  • Gerard E Keough (1979)
  • Jim Agler (1980)
  • James J Dudziak (1981)
  • Karim Seddighi (1981)
  • Marc Raphael (1982)
  • Gregory Adams (1984)
  • Paul McGuire (1985)
  • John Akeroyd (1986)
  • Ameer Athavale (1987)
  • Norma Elias (1987)
  • John Spraker (1987)
  • Kyung-Hee Jin (1989)
  • Nathan Feldman (1997)
  • Gabriel Prajitura (1999)
  • Sherwin Kouchekian (2000)[1]
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John Bligh Conway (born September 22, 1939) is an American mathematician. He is currently a professor emeritus at the George Washington University. His specialty is functional analysis, particularly bounded operators on a Hilbert space.

Conway earned his BS from Loyola University and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University under the direction of Heron Collins in 1965, with a dissertation on The Strict Topology and Compactness in the Space of Measures.[2] He has had 20 students who obtained doctorates under his supervision, most of them at Indiana University, where he was a close friend of mathematician Max Zorn. He served on the faculty there from 1965 to 1990, when he became head of the mathematics department at University of Tennessee.

He is the author of a two-volume series on Functions of One Complex Variable (Springer-Verlag), which is a standard graduate text.

He is the father of John Bligh Conway II, who currently teaches history at the Anglo American School of St Petersburg (AASSP), Russia. His grandson is Stephen Jonovich Conway, who attends the AASSP.[citation needed]

Selected publications

  • Conway, John B. (1978). Functions of One Complex Variable I (Graduate Texts in Mathematics 11). Springer-Verlag. ISBN 0-387-90328-3.
  • Conway, John B. (1997). A Course in Functional Analysis. Springer. ISBN 0-387-97245-5.
  • Conway, John B. (1999). A Course in Operator Theory (Graduate Studies in Mathematics 21). American Mathematical Society. ISBN 0-8218-2065-6.
  • Conway, John B. (1996). On Being a Department Head: A Personal View. American Mathematical Society. ISBN 0-8218-0615-7.
  • Conway, John B. (1991). The Theory of Subnormal Operators. American Mathematical Society. ISBN 0-8218-1536-9. [3]
  • Conway, John B. (1981). Subnormal Operators. Pitman Books Ltd. ISBN 0-8218-2184-9. [4]
  • Conway, John B. (1973). "A complete Boolean algebra of subspaces which is not reflexive". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 79 (4): 720–722. doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1973-13279-3.


  1. ^ a b John B. Conway at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Conway, John. "The Strict Topology and Compactness in the space of Measures". Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. American Mathematical Society. JSTOR 1994310.
  3. ^ Gamelin, T. W. (1993). "Review: The theory of subnormal operators, by John B. Conway". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 28 (1): 199–202. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1993-00355-0.
  4. ^ Muhly, Paul S. (1983). "Review: Subnormal operators, by John B. Conway". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 8 (3): 511–515. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1983-15144-3.

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