Mathematician:Alexander Grothendieck

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German-born mathematician of semi-Ukrainian ancestry who is usually credited with creating the modern field of algebraic geometry.

His collaborative seminar-driven approach had the result of making him one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.

Fields Medal

Alexander Grothendieck was awarded a Fields Medal in $\text {1966}$ at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Moscow, Russia:

Built on work of Weil and Zariski and effected fundamental advances in algebraic geometry. He introduced the idea of $K$-theory (the Grothendieck groups and rings). Revolutionized homological algebra in his celebrated 'Tôhoku paper'.


German (of German / Ukrainian parentage)


  • Born: 28 March 1928 in Berlin, Germany
  • Died: 13 November 2014 in Ariège, near Lasserre in France

Theorems and Definitions

Results named for Alexander Grothendieck can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for Alexander Grothendieck can be found here.


  • 1953: Résumé de la théorie métrique des produits tensoriels topologiques
  • 1957: Sur la classification des fibres holomorphes sur la sphere de Riemann
  • 1960 - 1969: Séminaire de Géométrie Algébrique du Bois Marie
  • 1966: Éléments de géométrie algébrique
  • 1981: La longue marche à travers la théorie de Galois
  • 1981: Eloge
  • 1983: A la poursuite des champs
  • 1983: Esquisse d'un programme
  • 1983 - 1985: Récoltes et Semailles
  • 1986: La clef des songes
  • 1987: Les dérivateurs

Also known as

His name is sometimes rendered Alexandre Grothendieck.