# Mathematician:Andrew John Wiles

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## Mathematician

English mathematician famous for proving Fermat's Last Theorem, which he completed in 1994.

### Wolf Prize

Andrew John Wiles was awarded a Wolf Prize for Mathematics in $\text {1995/96}$:

*For spectacular contributions to number theory and related fields, major advances on fundamental conjectures, and for settling Fermat's Last Theorem.*

### Abel Prize

Andrew John Wiles was awarded an Abel Prize in $\text {2016}$:

*For his stunning proof of Fermat's Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory.*

## Nationality

English

## History

- Born: 11 April 1953, Cambridge, England
- 1974: Bachelor's Degree at Merton College, Oxford, UK
- 1980: Ph.D. at Clare College, Cambridge
- 1981: Became a professor at Princeton University
- 1985-86: Guggenheim Fellow at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques near Paris and at the École Normale Supérieure
- 1994: Eugene Higgins Professor at Princeton
- 2000: Made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

## Theorems and Definitions

- Proved the Taniyama-Shimura Conjecture for Semistable Elliptic Curves, thereby proving Fermat's Last Theorem.

## Publications

- 1995:
*Modular elliptic curves and Fermat's Last Theorem*(*Ann. Math.***Vol. 141**,*no. 3*: pp. 443 – 551) www.jstor.org/stable/2118559 - 1995:
*Ring theoretic properties of certain Hecke algebras*(*Ann. Math.***Vol. 141**,*no. 3*: pp. 553 – 572) (with Richard Taylor) www.jstor.org/stable/2118560

## Notable Quotes

*I think I'll stop there.*

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Andrew John Wiles": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next):**Wiles, Andrew John FRS**(1953- )