Born: September 15, 1926 in Bages, France
Jean-Pierre Serre of the Collège de France, Paris, is recognized as one of the most important mathematicians of the twentieth century. He has made fundamental contributions to algebraic topology, algebraic geometry, and number theory.
For his achievements, Serre won the very first Abel Prize (2003). The new prize is named for the brilliant Norwegian mathematician Niels Abel (1802-1829 ) and is worth 6 million NK (about US $950,000 ). Students will recognize the name of "abelian groups."
"I often work at night (in half-sleep), where the fact that you don't have to write anything down gives to the mind a much greater concentration, and makes changing topics easier."
(from "An Interview with Jean-Pierre Serre", by C. T. Chong and Y. K. Leong, published in Mathematical Medley, National University of Singapore.)
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