Robert Arnott Wilson (born 1958) is a retired mathematician in London, England, who is best known for his work on classifying the maximal subgroups of finite simple groups and for the work in the Monster group. He is also an accomplished violin, viola and piano player, having played as the principal viola in the Sinfonia of Birmingham. Due to a damaged finger, he now principally plays the Kora.
with Peter B. Kleidman: Kleidman, Peter B; Wilson, Robert A (1988). "The maximal subgroups of J4". Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society. 3 (3): 484–510. doi:10.1112/plms/s3-56.3.484.
with R. A. Parker: Parker, R.A; Wilson, R.A (1990). "The computer construction of matrix representations of finite groups over finite fields". Journal of Symbolic Computation. 9 (5–6): 583–590. doi:10.1016/S0747-7171(08)80075-2.
with M. D. E. Conder and A. J. Woldar: Conder, M. D. E; Wilson, R. A; Woldar, A. J (1992). "The symmetric genus of sporadic groups". Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society. 116 (3): 653–663. doi:10.1090/S0002-9939-1992-1126192-2.
Wilson, Robert A (1996). "Standard generators for sporadic simple groups". Journal of Algebra. 184 (2): 505–515. doi:10.1006/jabr.1996.0271.
Lepowsky, James; McKay, John; Tuite, Michael P., eds. (2010). "New computations in the Monster". Moonshine: The First Quarter Century and Beyond; Proceedings of a Workshop on the Moonshine Conjectures and Vertex Algebras. London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series: 372. Cambridge University Press. pp. 393–403. ISBN978-0-521-10664-1; pbk
Wilson, Robert A (2011). "Conway's group and octonions". Journal of Group Theory. 14 (1): 1–8. doi:10.1515/jgt.2010.038.