Jacques Tits

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Jacques Tits
Jacques Tits in May 2008
Born(1930-08-12)12 August 1930
Uccle, Belgium
Died5 December 2021(2021-12-05) (aged 91)
CitizenshipBelgian (1930–1974)
French (since 1974)
Known forThe Tits group, the Tits alternative, Tits buildings
AwardsCantor medal (1996)
Abel Prize (2008, with John G. Thompson)
Scientific career
InstitutionsFree University of Brussels
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
University of Bonn
Collège de France
French Academy of Sciences
Doctoral advisorPaul Libois
Doctoral studentsFrancis Buekenhout
Jens Carsten Jantzen
Karl-Otto Stöhr

Jacques Tits (French: [tits]; 12 August 1930 – 5 December 2021) was a Belgium-born French mathematician. He worked on group theory and incidence geometry. He introduced Tits buildings, the Tits alternative, and the Tits group.

In 2008 he was awarded the Abel Prize, along with John Griggs Thompson, “for their profound achievements in algebra and in particular for shaping modern group theory.”[1]

Tits died on 5 December 2021 at the age of 91.[2]

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  1. "Thompson and Tits share the Abel Prize for 2008". The Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund. 2008-05-17. Archived from the original on 20 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-20. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2008 to John Griggs Thompson, University of Florida and Jacques Tits, Collège de France. This was announced by the Academy's President, Ole Didrik Lærum, at a press conference in Oslo today. Thompson and Tits receives the Abel Prize "for their profound achievements in algebra and in particular for shaping modern group theory".
  2. "Décès de Jacques Tits". SMF. 5 December 2021. Retrieved 6 December 2021.

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