Robert Wainwright

Robert T. Wainwright is a mathematician who was involved with the advancement and popularization of Conway's Game of Life right from its start in the early 1970s. He has discovered dozens of well-known and important patterns including the emulators and the first known blinker puffer.

Robert Wainwright
Born Unknown
Residence United States
Nationality Unknown
Institutions Iona College
Alma mater Unknown

He has found several important oscillators, including the first known oscillators of periods 12 (dinner table), 21 (124P21), and 72 (two blockers hassling R-pentomino).

In the early 1970s, he published Lifeline, a newsletter devoted to discoveries about Life, and sometimes other similar cellular automata. Many of the original discoveries in Life were first published in Lifeline, and Lifeline served to foster much interest in Life. He was also one of the first people to enumerate all of the small still lifes; he extended the lists created by John Conway to include all still lifes up to and including 10 cells.

Patterns found by Robert Wainwright

gollark: c: z!!!!!!
gollark: Explain thyself.
gollark: ?
gollark: Good for you.
gollark: Hmm, its definition of "progress" is different to the usual one.


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