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Andrew Wiles

Andrew WilesAKA Andrew John Wiles

Born: 11-Apr-1953
Birthplace: Cambridge, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Mathematician

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Proved Fermat's Last Theorem

In great secrecy, Wiles spent most of his free time in 1985-94 proving Fermat's Last Theorem. Fermat wrote in a book that he owned, "I have discovered a truly remarkable proof but this margin is too small to contain it," but most mathermaticians today feel that he was in error. The theorem stated that an + bn = cn has no possible solutions, where a, b, c and n are positive integers, and n is greater than two.

    University: BS, Oxford University (1974)
    University: PhD Mathematics, Cambridge University (1980)
    Professor: Harvard University
    Scholar: Sonderforschungsbereich Theoretische Mathematik, Bonn, Germany
    Professor: Princeton University

    Institute for Advanced Study
    Royal Society 1989
    Guggenheim Fellowship
    Wolf Prize in Mathematics 1995 (with Robert Langlands)
    MacArthur Fellowship
    Royal Medal 1996


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