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Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

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Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

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
Died26 December 2018(2018-12-26) (aged 91)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Known forBirch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture
AwardsPólya Prize (2006)
Sylvester Medal (2006)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Doctoral advisorsJohn Littlewood
André Weil
Doctoral studentsJean-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.[2]

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.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sleeman, Elizabeth (2003), The International Who's Who 2004, Routledge, ISBN 1-85743-217-7
  2. "Number theory expert and co-creator of the 'beautiful' Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture' Daily Telegraph Obituaries p31 Issue no 50,890 (dated Tuesday 1 January 2019
  3. "Professor Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer Bt KBE FRS (1927-2018)". St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. 28 December 2018.