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Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

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Peter Swinnerton-Dyer at the workshop
"Explicit methods in number theory" in Oberwolfach, 2007
Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer

(1927-08-02)2 August 1927
Died 26 December 2018(2018-12-26) (aged 91)
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Known for Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture
Awards Pólya Prize (2006)
Sylvester Medal (2006)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Cambridge
Doctoral advisors John Littlewood
André Weil
Doctoral students Jean-Louis Colliot-Thélène
Miles Reid

Peter Swinnerton-Dyer was Sir Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer, 16th Baronet, KBE, FRS (2 August 1927 – 26 December 2018).

He was an English mathematician. He worked in number theory at University of Cambridge. He was best known for his part in the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture. This related algebraic properties of elliptic curves to special values of L-functions. Also, he worked on the Titan operating system.

In his youth, Swinnerton-Dyer was an international bridge player. He played for the British team twice in the European Open teams championship, in 1953 and 1962.

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