Robert MoodyRobert Moody is a professor emeritus in the University of Alberta’s Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and a distinguished mathematician. In the 1960s, working independently from, but simultaneously with, Russian mathematician Victor Kac, Moody discovered the Kac-Moody algebras. These algebras and their offspring, Virasoro algebras, emerged in the 1980s as the basic mathematical structure underlying superstring theory. He is committed to excellence both in research and teaching and has mentored many graduate students. In addition to being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Moody was also Scientific Director of the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS). He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999.