Jean Pierre Serre

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Born: Sep 15, 1926 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Mathematicians


1926 - Born in Bages on the 15th of September.

1945-1948 - Serre was educated at the Lycée de Nîmes and then at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.

1951 - He was awarded his doctorate from the Sorbonne.

1948-1954 - He held positions at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.

1954 - His speech at the Fields Medal award ceremony, Hermann Weyl praised Serre in apparently extravagant terms, and also made the point that the award was for the first time awarded to an algebraist

1958 - Serre suggested that isotrivial covers of algebraic varieties those that become trivial after pullback by a finite covering map are important.

1959 - Serre's interests turned towards number theory, in particular class field theory and the theory of complex multiplication.

1985 - The Balzan Prize.

1995 - The Steele Prize.  

2000 - The Wolf Prize in Mathematics.

2003 - He was the first recipient of the Abel Prize.
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