Alexander Grothendieck

Alexander Grothendieck

Birthday1928-03-28
AgeHe is 89 years old
Birth Sign Aries (mars 20 - avr. 19)
GenderMale
His Profession
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Who is Alexander Grothendieck?
Alexander Grothendieck was a German-born French mathematician who became the leading figure in the creation of modern algebraic geometry. His research multiplied the scope of the field and added major elements of commutative algebra, homological algebra, sheaf theory and category theory to its foundations, while his so-called "relative" perspective led to revolutionary advances in many areas of pure mathematics. Born in Germany, Grothendieck was raised and lived primarily in France. For much of his working life, however, he was, in effect, stateless. As he consistently spelt his first name "Alexander" rather than "Alexandre" and his surname, taken from his mother, was the Dutch-like Low German "Grothendieck", he was sometimes mistakenly believed to be of Dutch origin. Grothendieck began his very productive and public career as a mathematician in 1949. In 1958, he was appointed a research professor at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques and remained there until 1970, when, driven by personal and political convictions, he left following a dispute over military funding.
Education
He went to the following schools
  • University of Montpellier
Receives Awards
  • Fields Medal - 1966 Fields Medal Ceremony
  • Crafoord Prize in Astronomy and Mathematics - 1988