Sir Andrew John Wiles(1953-), Professor of Mathematics
Sitter in 2 portraits
Wiles' work caught the public imagination in 1993 when he announced a proof for a celebrated problem that had baffled mathematicians for centuries, 'Fermat's last theorem'. The idea had captivated him as a child, but it was not until 1995 that he published the proof in the form of sophisticated algebraic geometry in the Annals of Mathematics. Awarded the Wolfskehl Prize, set up in 1905 for solving precisely this problem, and numerous international prizes including the Shaw Prize, the Royal Society's Royal Medal and the Silver Plaque of the International Mathematical Union. Taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities and currently Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford. Appointed Knight Commander in 2000.
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