The 2003 CRM-Fields Prize awarded to John McKay and Edwin Perkins
The two joint winners of the CRM-Fields prize for mathematics for 2002-2003 are John McKay and Edwin Perkins.
The work of Professor John McKay of Concordia University centers around the properties of finite groups, their representations and their symmetries. He has been at the origin of several of the most startling discoveries in mathematics of our time, and is world-renowned for launching two areas of mathematics by his observations and conjectures, one known as the McKay correspondence, and the other going under the fanciful name of monstrous moonshine, underlying the role of the largest sporadic simple group which is known as the monster. His wide knowledge and culture of mathematics has allowed him to bring to the fore questions which have been deeply influential in the subsequent develo