1 | Name: | Dr. Pierre Deligne | |

Institution: | Institute for Advanced Study | ||

Year Elected: | 2009 | ||

Class: | 1. Mathematical and Physical Sciences | ||

Subdivision: | 104. Mathematics | ||

Residency: | Resident | ||

Living? : | Living | ||

Birth Date: | 1944 | ||

Pierre Deligne has been a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton since 1984. He is the world's leading algebraic geometer, having received his Doctorat en mathématiques from the University of Brussels in 1968 and his Doctorat d'Etat des Sciences Mathématiques from the University of Paris-Sud in 1972. The methods he introduced have so completely permeated the subject that a large portion of the current research in algebraic geometry can't even be formulated without them. Consequently, his research is constantly referred to by young workers in the field. So far as is known, Deligne is the only mathematician in history to be commemorated by a postage stamp during his lifetime (.70 Euro, Belgium). He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1978, the Crafoord Prize in 1998, the Balzan Prize in Mathematics in 2004, the Wolf Prize in 2008, and the Abel prize in 2013. He belongs to the Académie des Sciences, Paris (1978), the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (1978), the National Academy of Sciences (2007), and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2009). |