Robert Moody

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Robert Moody
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Robert Moody (left)
Born (1941-11-28) November 28, 1941 (age 75)
Nationality Canadian
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Saskatchewan
University of Alberta
Alma mater University of Toronto
Doctoral advisor Maria Wonenburger
Doctoral students Arturo Pianzola
Notable awards Coxeter–James Prize (1978)
Wigner Medal (1996)
CRM-Fields-PIMS prize (1998)

Robert Vaughan Moody, OC FRSC (/ˈmdi/; born November 28, 1941) is a Canadian mathematician. He is the co-discover of Kac–Moody algebra,[1] a Lie algebra, usually infinite-dimensional, that can be defined through a generalized root system.

Born in Great Britain, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 1962 from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Arts in Mathematics in 1964 from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1966 from the University of Toronto.

In 1966, he joined the Department of Mathematics as an assistant professor in the University of Saskatchewan. In 1970, he was appointed an associate professor and a professor in 1976. In 1989, he joined the University of Alberta as a professor in the Department of Mathematics.

In 1999, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[2] In 1980, he was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1996 Moody and Kac were co-winners of the Wigner Medal.[3]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Stephen Berman, Karen Parshall Victor Kac and Robert Moody- their paths to Kac–Moody-Algebras, Mathematical Intelligencer, 2002, Nr.1
  2. ^ "Robert V. Moody Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada" (PDF). Newsletter of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences. 4 (1). Winter 2000. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Jackson, Allyn (Dec 1995). "Kac and Moody Receive Wigner Medal" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 42 (12): 1543–1544. 
  4. ^ Seligman, George B. (1996). "Review: Lie algebras with triangular decompositions, by Robert B. Moody and Arturo Pianzola" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 33 (3): 347–349. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-96-00653-2.