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Alexander Grothendieck
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Alexander Grothendieck in Montreal, 1970
Born (1928-03-28)28 March 1928
Died 13 November 2014(2014-11-13) (aged 86)
Saint-Lizier, France
Nationality
  • none
  • French
Alma mater
  • University of Montpellier
  • University of Nancy
Awards
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions
Thesis Produits tensoriels topologiques et espaces nucleaires (1953)
Doctoral advisors
  • Laurent Schwartz
  • Jean Dieudonné
Doctoral students
  • Pierre Berthelot
  • Carlos Contou-Carrere
  • Pierre Deligne
  • Michel Demazure
  • Pierre Gabriel
  • Jean Giraud
  • Luc Illusie
  • Michel Raynaud
  • Hoàng Xuân Sính
  • Jean-Louis Verdier

Alexander Grothendieck (Berlin, 28 March 1928 – 13 November 2014, Saint-Girons, Ariège) was a leading figure in the modern field of algebraic geometry.

In 1970 Grothendieck left the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, where he had been appointed research professor (1958–1970) and where he did his greatest work. He turned to radical pacifism and opposed all forms of warfare and aggression. This is why he declined the Crafoord Prize in 1988.

In 1966 he was awarded the Fields Medal.

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