Person: Wiles, Andrew John
Andrew Wiles is an English mathematician famous for having finally proved _Fermat's Last Theorem _ in 1995.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- When Andrew was born Maurice Wiles was Chaplain at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.
- Wiles' interest in Fermat's Last Theorem began at a young age.
- In 1971, Wiles entered Merton College, Oxford, graduating with a B.A. in 1974.
- Wiles did not work on Fermat's Last Theorem for his doctorate.
- From 1977 until 1980 Wiles was a Junior Research fellow at Clare College, Cambridge and also a Benjamin Peirce Assistant Professor at Harvard University.
- Wiles was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship which enabled him to visit the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifique in Paris and also the École Normale Supérieure in Paris during 1985-86.
- This result set the stage for Wiles's work.
- Wiles abandoned all his other research when he heard what had been proved and, for seven years, he concentrated solely on attempting to prove the Shimura-Taniyama conjecture, knowing that a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem then followed.
- In 1988 Wiles went to Oxford University where he spent two years as a Royal Society Research Professor.
- In 1993 Wiles told two other mathematicians that he was close to a proof of Fermat's Last Theorem.
- In 1994 Wiles was appointed Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton.
- From 1995 Wiles began to receive many honours for this outstanding piece of work.
- In addition to the prizes and awards mentioned above, Wiles has continued to receive many honours for his outstanding work.
- In the same year he was honoured by having "asteroid 9999 Wiles" named after him.
- In 2000, Andrew Wiles became "Sir Andrew Wiles" when he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen.
- He received the Pythagoras Award in Crotone, Italy, in 2004 and, in the following year, Wiles received the Shaw Prize.
Born 11 April 1953, Cambridge, England.
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Prize Abel, Prize Clay Research Award, Origin England, Number Theory, Prize Shaw, Prize Wolf
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive