Person: Faltings, Gerd
Gerd Faltings is a German mathematician whose work in algebraic geometry led to important results in number theory, including helping with the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 Following the award of his doctorate, Faltings went to the United States where he spent a year doing postdoctoral work as a research fellow at Harvard University in 197879.
 In 1979 Faltings returned to Germany, taking up an appointment as professor of mathematics at the University of Wuppertal.
 In 1985 Faltings was appointed to the faculty at Princeton.
 Faltings proved conjectures by Mordell, Shafarevich and Tate during 1983.
 In 1986 Faltings received the highest honour that a young mathematician can receive when he was awarded a Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians at Berkeley.
 At the Congress B Mazur gave an address describing the work by Faltings which had led to the award.
 Faltings has been closely linked with the work leading to the final proof of Fermat's Last Theorem by Andrew Wiles.
 However, Faltings was the natural person that Wiles turned to when he wanted an opinion on the correctness of his repair of his proof of Fermat's Last Theorem in 1994.
 In 1994 Faltings left Princeton when appointed a Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany.
Born 28 July 1954, GelsenkirchenBuer, Germany.
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