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Robert F. Coleman



Robert Coleman at Oberwolfach in 1983


Born  November 22, 1954 
Died  March 24, 2014  (aged 59)
Nationality  American 
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Fields  Mathematics 
Institutions  University of California, Berkeley 
Doctoral advisor  Kenkichi Iwasawa 
Robert Frederick Coleman (November 22 1954 – March 24, 2014) was an American mathematician, and professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Biography
After graduating from Nova High School, he completed his bachelor's degree at Harvard University in 1976 and subsequently attended Cambridge University for Part III of the mathematical tripos. While there John H. Coates provided him with a problem for his doctoral thesis ("Division Values in Local Fields"), which he completed at Princeton University in 1979 under the advising of Kenkichi Iwasawa. He then had a oneyear postdoctoral appointment at the Institute for Advanced Study and then taught at Harvard University for three years. In 1983, he moved to University of California, Berkeley. In 1985, he was struck with a severe case of multiple sclerosis, in which he lost the use of his legs. Despite this, he remained an active faculty member until his retirement in 2013. He was awarded a MacArthur fellowship in 1987.
Coleman died on March 24, 2014.
Research
He worked primarily in number theory, with specific interests in padic analysis and arithmetic geometry. In particular, he developed a theory of padic integration analogous to the classical complex theory of abelian integrals. Applications of Coleman integration include an effective version of Chabauty's theorem concerning rational points on curves and a new proof of the ManinMumford conjecture, originally proved by Raynaud. Coleman is also known for introducing padic Banach spaces into the study of modular forms and discovering important classicality criteria for overconvergent padic modular forms. With Barry Mazur, he introduced the eigencurve and established some of its fundamental properties. In 1990, Coleman found a gap in Manin's proof of the Mordell conjecture over function fields and managed to fill it in. With José Felipe Voloch, Coleman established an important unchecked compatibility in Benedict Gross's theory of companion forms.
Selected works
 PhD thesis
See also
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