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In Memoriam: Professor James Alexander Green FRS

sandyThe University is saddened to report the death of Professor 'Sandy' Green, who passed away at home on Monday 7 April 2014, after a long illness.

Professor J. A. Green was known as Sandy to almost everyone in the world of mathematics. He spent two years as an undergraduate at the University of St Andrews, before putting his university career on hold in 1944 to undertake war work at Bletchley Park. In 1946 he returned to St Andrews to complete his first degree, before going to the University of Cambridge as a researcher, where he was awarded his Ph.D. in 1951 for his thesis on 'Abstract Algebra and Semigroups'.

When the University of Warwick opened in 1965, Sandy was one of a number of renowned mathematicians attracted to the University. When he joined the University, Sandy already had an outstanding record and international reputation. He continued producing important work in Representation Theory throughout his time at Warwick and beyond. He retired in 1991 at which time he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus.

Professor Green's work was recognised with a number of awards including:

  • Senior Berwick Prize, London Mathematical Society, 1984
  • Fellow of the Royal Society, 1987
  • de Morgan Medal, London Mathematical Society, 2001

Sandy will be fondly remembered by many colleagues, students, family and friends.