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Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck died

Nov 21, 2014 18:01 IST

Mathematician Alexander Grothendieck died in France on 13 November 2014. He was 86. He was one of the greatest mathematical minds in algebraic geometry of the twentieth century.

He received the Fields medal, the most prestigious honour in mathematics, in 1966. The Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem was one striking result to emerge in 21st century.

About Alexander Grothendieck
• He was born in Germany in 1928.
• His early work was on Functional analysis later he became interested in algebraic geometry in the mid-1950s.
• His work laid the foundation for many important results, including the solution of the Weil conjectures and Fermat’s last theorem and applications in diverse fields as robotics and cryptography.
• In 1988, he was named winner of the prestigious Swedish Craaford Priz but he rejected the award insisting that he was fine on his professor's salary.
• He was a visionary who set up several ideas in algebraic geometry for mathematicians who followed.

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