I was born and educated through the undergraduate level in New Zealand.
I received my Ph.D. at the University of Geneva, being awarded the Vacheron Constantin Prize for my doctoral thesis.
My claim to fame is my creation of a polynomial invariant for knots, which has now been used in many different areas of mathematics.
For this discovery of a polynomial, I was awarded a Fields Medal and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
My new area of research is planar algebra, where the variables do not have to be written linearly...but can be oriented to each other anywhere (e.g. above or northeast) in a plane.
Vaughan Frederick Randal Jones (1952-?)